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Aid worker held captive reveals how refugee slit family’s throats before heading to Europe


A former United Nations (UN) official who worked on the front line of the refugee crisIs in Turkey has spoken about the horrors that made her quit her job.

In one of the most distressing accounts of her time as a counselor helping UN staff cope with the humanitarian tragedy, she told how she discovered an entire family who had been murdered in cold blood by a refugee who then fled to Europe.

According to her report, which was given exclusively to, the veteran aid worker came across a “house full of people, children included, with their throats slit”.

She said the killer was a Syrian refugee who “took everything before heading west” towards Europe.

In another terrifying experience which ultimately forced her to quit as a front line field ops mentor, she was held captive for four days and tortured by a rebel group.

Having survived the traumas of the Turkish refugee camps, which house millions of Syrians fleeing war and persecution in their homeland, Saiuri spent six months in India where she converted to Buddhism and adopted a new name.

Saiuri’s work in Turkey centered on a government initiative to re-home refugees away from the camps into Turkish homes, where they are given guaranteed work and a chance at a new life.

But she said around a third of those given the opportunity to live and work in Turkish towns and cities ultimately fled to Europe, lured by the promise of Western lifestyles.

Her traumatic experiences led her to believe that not enough is being done to help – and monitor – those employed under Turkish government job schemes.

She said applicants were not being screened adequately, raising fresh questions about the flow of migrants heading across Europe.

Saiuri added: “People have been so damaged that they will do anything to get a better life – they are disturbed enough to create havoc wherever they go.

“They are walking out of there country towards the West – it is our own fault for selling the lifestyle so well.
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