Christmas is a time for spreading cheer. And a group of Syrian refugee women in Turkey is doing just that by making and selling children's toys in London.
These women fled the war in Syria and ended up in Istanbul, only to become part of a group called 'Knitstanbul', a non-profit organisation that solely employs Syrian refugee women to knit and crochet woollen sweaters and toys for babies and toddlers.
This Christmas, they are set to sell a batch of hand-made Christmas toys and merchandise at the Christmas market in London.
These Syrian refugee women are crafting new lives for themselves by knitting toys for children across Europe pic.twitter.com/uOPNGKYFoV— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) December 24, 2018
Knitstanbul was founded in 2015 by Mallika McCosh as an initiative to rehabilitate refugee women who been displaced by war in Syria. The organisation employes them and tries to give them jobs in Istanbul, Financial Times reported.
One of the women who work in the organisation told Bloomberg News that the work they did helped them to earn a living in Turkey. It also encouraged them to put their past lives behind and focus on building a new one.
The cute sock-bunny like toys and ornaments that Kinstanbul are set to sell in London have evoked a great social media response.
Shout out for my great friend Malika McCosh from .@MishalHusainBBC on her fantastic initiative #Knitstanbul, employing Syrian refugee knitters in Istanbul... check them out .@EtsyUK #knittedsalopettesaremyfavourite Thank you Mishal! https://t.co/VzSXbRxIbf— Catherine Anderson (@CAnderson_UK) September 1, 2018
"Knitstanbul." You cannot keep a good woman with a crochet needle down. https://t.co/N1b0vXcR6Q— Heather (@heather1917) December 24, 2018
With all the hardship their facing these women still are instilling hope and kindness to children. Our president is doing a disservice to the Syrian people by pulling our troops out before there is stability in the region. These women and children will face the war alone.— Allison Veit (@veit2coffee) December 24, 2018
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