Why we’re going to the border of Syria and Turkey
Anderson Cooper traveled to a refugee camp in Turkey to speak with Syrians who escaped the violence.
May 12th, 2012
07:08 PM ET

Why we’re going to the border of Syria and Turkey

On Friday night after AC360° aired, Anderson and team embarked on a nearly 28 hour trip (including two plane rides, layovers and a three hour drive) that took us from New York City to the eastern border of Turkey.

Where are we going?  The eastern part of Turkey borders Syria.  Believe me, we would love to actually go into Syria and report what’s happening in the country. However, despite Bashar al-Assad’s regime’s claims that journalists are free to report from the country, our visa applications have disappeared into the Syrian embassy in Washington with no word on if we are approved, denied, or even when a decision would be made.

So we will stick to the Turkey side of the border, which holds a piece of the conflict the world should see.  Nearly 25,000 Syrians have fled across the border into Turkey since the uprising in Syria began last March.  Turkey, which maintains an open border policy with Syria, has set up numerous camps close to the border for the refugees that have been steadily streaming in to escape the violence.

We have heard stories of families who fled their homes, mostly on foot, to escape the relentless shelling of cities like Homs, Aleppo, Jisr al Shughur.  We’ve heard stories of parents who have lost sons, wives who have lost husbands, ordinary citizens who have lost not only their homes but their beloved country as well. We’ve heard their stories, but we haven’t met the victims ourselves, so we will spend the weekend visiting the camps and speaking with some of these refugees. We will tell the world their stories on Monday night when we broadcast live at 8pm ET on CNN.  

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  1. Amargosa

    Nato should go in and take of this. Russia or China does not belong to Nato. Now that Iran is sticking there nose into it they should.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  2. Jason

    AC takes you right up to the Syrian border. It doesn't get any closer than this. Unless you're some other reporter.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  3. Firas

    Thank you Anderson! I know a number of syrian-american physicians who live here in the US and have recently visited the refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan and the stories they've heard form the refugees are heart breaking. It's unbelievable what the Assad regime is doing to his own people and it's even more unbelievable that the international community is watching on the side for 14 months. It's about time that the international community show some level of responsibility and help establish a protected safety/humanitarian zone. Again, thank you so much from your continued excellent coverage!

    May 14, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  4. Donna Gardner

    Finally, a competent reporting agency is going to find out what the hell is going on. I wish you and your staff safety in your travels to this area. May God be with you.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  5. Jean K

    Some Despots have more wherewithal to make war upon their own people than others depending upon the decisions made by Western Countries in past years. What may have seemed expedient at the time has backfired in so many cases that it's about time that these backdoor deals be brought to light so that these types of situations be avoided in the future. Right now our kids and grandkids are dying because of the decisions made by the politicians of decades ago and their backdoor deals through the CIA. The CIA does serve a very real purpose in protecting the US, but too many black ops in the past have helped to cause the current situation in the Middle East and Africa. Instead of just reacting to current situations, the outcome of cause and effect should be more of a consderation in the future. Just my opinion.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  6. Krista - NJ

    Thank you to Anderson and the AC360 team for doing this. It's time for the world to open their eyes and see the devestation that the Syrian regime is causing its people. Love what you do and the difference you make!

    May 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Mohamad

    Thank you Anderson for doing this. It's about time you go close to the massacre and tell the wold the true store of the Syrian people. Please do what you can to show the leaders of the free wold well they close thier eyes the Syrian people are been killed like rats.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:34 am |