Turkey: Jailed mother denied hot water to prepare powdered formula for baby

Turkey: Jailed mother denied hot water to prepare powdered formula for baby
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A Syrian national who was jailed with her infant has reportedly not been able to feed her baby properly for days because she was denied hot water for preparing formula.

The lawyer of a young woman, who was recently arrested over terror charges in Turkey and incarcerated with her two-month-old baby, said that she was denied hot water which she needed to prepare powdered formula for her baby.

Reyhan Abdi, a Syrian national and a mother of three children, had moved to Turkey in 2017 and began living in Istanbul with her family. She was arrested on 26 August, with no evidence supporting the terror charges against her according to the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (OHD).

Speaking to Mezopotamya News Agency, Abdi's lawyer Ferat Bogatekin said that the mother and the baby have been kept in unhygienic conditions in prison, that she needed to prepare infant formula because of insufficient breast milk and was denied hot water for preparing it.

Bogatekin said that the baby has started to suffer constipation because of improper feeding.

She was informed by the prison guards that she would not be provided free diapers when she ran out of the ones she already had, and that she would have to pay for the new ones, the lawyer added.

Bogatekin also noted that Reyhan Abdi told in her statement at the prosecutor's office that she had taken part in the Kurdish militia People's Defense Units (YPG) in Syria, but has been separated from it since she moved to Turkey. He said that she was arrested over her statement although there was no evidence that showed she had any involvement with the group in the past five years.

He said that they will file an appeal for the release of Reyhan Abdi on Friday.

While the YPG is a major constituent of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northern Syria, part of the Global Coalition combating the Islamic State (ISIS), Turkish authorities allege that it is linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated a "terror group" by Ankara.