Chanaa poses with his son Erdogan and his wife Khadija Ibrahim in Mieh Mieh. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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A Turkish flag is raised outside the home of Mohammad Abed Channa in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Mieh Mieh, and for good reason. He and his wife and son, aptly named Erdogan, recently gained Turkish citizenship. The eight-member Chanaa family resides in an ill-equipped house which lacks even the most basic amenities.The Palestinian family hopes Turkish nationality will bring with it a better life.Chanaa was born in the notorious refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, and still believes he will return to his original village someday. The love he has for his country is reflected in his adoration of the Turkish president's stances toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. During the war, Erdogan fiercely criticized Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip, which had lasted for 22 days.Chanaa told The Daily Star that he had harbored great hopes that his son would one day meet his namesake. Chanaa said he teaches his children to follow in the example of Erdogan, and often will relay to them what the Turkish president says when he appears in the news.
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