(referred to as Taiwan Center)
It is the generous donation of the Taiwanese government and the cooperation with the Rey Hanle Municipal Governmentfrom Taiwan
Professor Qiu Zhenyu, who teaches in Turkey, uses architecture as a carrier
A public space for citizens of the world created in Reyhanle, Turkey
To promote ethnic co-prosperity between Turkey and Syria
Promote inclusiveness among different cultures
Promote the well-being and equality of human societies
There are arched corridors in each mosque. In the area where the Taiwan Center is located, and the Syrian refugees it helps, most of them are of Islamic belief. Therefore, the Taiwan Center uses an arch of 10 meters high, 6.3 meters wide and 8 meters deep. The roof echoes the scale of the arched cloisters of the Aleppo Grand Mosque, connecting the people of Turkey and Syria with buildings. The shape of the roof has become a major feature of the center of Taiwan.
The unique arched roof of the center of Taiwan is based on the stone arch structure of Hattusa in 1200 BC, and designed a beautiful hyperbolic shape, coupled with the unique sky blue of Reyhanle City, and finally Chinese, English, Turkish and Arabic are surrounded by graphics. It is expected that the Taiwan Center will become a humanitarian social work circle starting from Reyhanle City, a cultural symbol that symbolizes hope.
While Rey Hanle has a peaceful urban setting, it’s not entirely far from the ravages of war.
In May 2013,
The city of Reyhanle was hit by two bomb attacks on the same day,
52 people were killed and 146 injured in the attack.
The city of Reyhanle was frequently targeted by rockets, which also resulted in more casualties,
The most recent attack occurred in September 2019.
“Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011,
More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria to seek asylum in other countries,
These countries include Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and others.”
As a close neighbor, Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrians.
Reyhanli is located in Hatay Province, southeastern Turkey
The border with Syria is Turkey’s main route to Syria’s Aleppo
Main entry point for Syrians migrating to Turkey seeking asylum
Is a wall separating people’s hearts or war and peace?
Syrians arriving in Turkey
At least 90 percent do not live in refugee camps
Rather, they live in cities or on the outskirts of cities.
In addition, two thirds of them are women and children.
It is currently estimated that forty percent (about 380,000)
Syrian children are denied education,
There is no access to basic medical insurance.
There are many social problems in Reyhanle,
These include poverty, unemployment, shortages of water and electricity, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of public facilities such as housing, health, education, and recreation.
Years after the Syrian crisis broke out,
The political crisis has not been eliminated, but at least in the center of Taiwan,
Those who arrive in this place, who live in this place know,
They are not forgotten by the world.
With the ever-increasing refugee population and the economic weakness and social problems intensified after the epidemic, the residents of Reyhanle City have fallen into
The predicament of life has prompted Syrians and Turks,
The main reason for the increasing tension between different ethnic groups.
Through the Taiwan Center,
Refugees living in Reyhanle
There is hope like the warm sun in winter.
Architectural planning and site surveys for the Taiwan Center began in 2016, while the building broke ground in April 2020 and was completed in September of the same year. During these four years, Dr. Qiu not only worked as a volunteer, but was also the center’s first private sponsor. Dr. Qiu also served as the center’s first CEO and worked closely with the Turkish government, NGOs and local grassroots groups. In accordance with the center’s vision and plans, he established a management team to select grantees in a fair and open manner.
“International Humanitarian Architecture and Education Association”
with “Tayvan Dünya Vatandaşları Derneği” on the Turkish-Syrian border
non-profit social organization
After establishment in 2021
All support “Taiwan – Rey Hanle Global Citizenship Center”
In order to support the construction of the center and the livelihood of vulnerable groups of local refugees
Qiu Zhenyu also established a Taiwan-based
“The Association of International
Humanitarian Architecture and Education”
“Meow Meow Woof Woof Limited Company”
“Tayvan Dünya Vatandaşları Derneği”
「CECE JIJI Tekstil Tourism Industry
Domestic and Foreign Trade Limited Company”
What these five units have in common is
I hope my own creation can make substantial contributions to the refugee issue