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Erdogan Calls On Turkish Families To Have At Least Three Children



ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his nation's families to have at least three children, Turkey's daily Hurriyet reports.

Erdogan used a speech to declare that the strength of a nation lies within its families, which must be fortified with more children.

One or two children means bankruptcy,” Erdogan said speaking at this week's International Family and Social Policies Summit. “Three children gives families a chance of improvement and it helps the population which currently risks aging.”

Erdogan noted that many countries in the West face the problem of an aging population, and stressed that it is an issue that should not be taken lightly in Turkey.

Erdogan also underlined that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) centers its policies on strong families with solid values.

“It is extremely dangerous if a family loses its values and therefore we are working on projects to protect these values and carry them through the generations,” he said in the Wednesday remarks.

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An Erdogan poster in Istanbul (myrat)

The AKP has distributed 108 billion Turkish Liras ($610 million) in social aid to ensure family unity is not jeopardized by economic burdens. “If we gave aid to the fathers they would buy cigarettes, but we gave aid to the women of the households so it benefits their children,” Erdogan said.

This is not the first time Erdogan addressed the nation about the size of families. Speaking at a Women’s summit in March, he said that women should not believe in “television propaganda that suggests Turkey’s population is too large.”

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How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Children left to fend for themselves when their parents seek work abroad often suffer emotional struggles and educational setbacks. Now, psychologists are raising alarms about the quiet but building crisis.

How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Durga Jaisi, 12, Prakash Jaisi, 18, Rajendra Ghodasaini, 6, and Bhawana Jaisi, 11, stand for a portrait on their family land in Thakurbaba municipality.

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BARDIYA — It was the Nepali New Year and the sun was bright and strong. The fields appeared desolate, except the luxuriantly growing green corn. After fetching water from a nearby hand pump, Prakash Jaisi, 18, walked back to the home he shares with his three siblings in Bardiya district’s Banbir area, more than 500 kilometers (over 300 miles) from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. As it was a public holiday in the country, all his friends had gone out to have fun. “I’d like to spend time with my friends, but I don’t have the time,” he says. Instead, Jaisi did the dishes and completed all the pending housework. Even though his exams are approaching, he has not been able to prepare. There is no time.

Jaisi’s parents left for India in December 2021, intending to work in the neighboring country to repay their house loan of 800,000 Nepali rupees (6,089 United States dollars). As they left, the responsibility of the house and his siblings was handed over to Jaisi, who is the oldest.

Just like Jaisi’s parents, 2.2 million people belonging to 1.5 million Nepali households are absent and living abroad. Of these, over 80% are men, according to the 2021 census on population and housing. The reasons for migration include the desire for a better future and financial status.

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