Turkey has opened a vast centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria.

The complex, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment.

They will live in 55 villas and have access to four schools, a mosque, a playground and a sports arena.

The centre was built in less than two years as a co-operative project between Turkey's government and two aid groups.

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) estimates that six million children have been affected by the six-year conflict in Syria. 

More than 2.3 million have fled the country and are registered as refugees. 

Turkey currently hosts more than 800,000 school-aged Syrian children, of whom only about 60% were enrolled in schools at the start of the academic year.


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