File - An Iraqi refugee waits for interview with Vicar Francois Yakan (not pictured) on November 11,2014 in Istanbul. (AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE)
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From Turkey they must deal with the mountain of paperwork to build new lives abroad, possibly with relatives already living in exile.For help, they flock to the non-descript office of Turkey's own tiny Chaldean community in Istanbul, run by its vicar Francois Yakan, who in 2005 founded the organization Ka-Der aimed at helping Chaldean refugees in Turkey.The Chaldean Catholics – who split with the Orthodox faith followed by much of the world's Assyrian community in the 16th century to follow the pope – are awaiting the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Turkey, which begins Friday, with huge anticipation.It is also now increasingly dealing with Syrian refugees as well as Iraqis.But after almost 10 years of work, his organization can already claim success, helping some 55,000 Iraqi Chaldean and other refugees move to new lives in other countries.
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