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Originally from Cameroon, Elphanie (26) moved to Istanbul in early 2016 in search of work. “When I first arrived in Turkey I went to Turkish courses at Pamukkale University. Because my Turkish level wasn’t high enough, I couldn’t get into a Turkish university as I’d planned. I started work with a butcher in a small
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Sahar and her son Arshia (11) sit on a park bench in Athens, Greece. They have been in Greece since October of 2016, and since that time have been trying to obtain adequate support. “My husband and several family members perished in an accident three and a half years ago. Ever since then, the government has
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Amina, the grandmother of the children pictured above, told us about how the family ended up in Turkey. Originally from Aleppo, the family was forced to flee in August of 2015 after the violence in their area became too great. Amina’s husband has diabetes, and due to the lack of treatment he experienced in Syria
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Rajib (29), originally from Bangladesh, is currently in Turkey. Rajib does not have a permanent occupation although actively picks up temporary positions as a manual construction worker. Rajib comes from humble beginnings. His father, a subsistence farmer raised him, his brother and three sisters in a small village outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At the age
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The kids’ mother Ruqqeya explains why her family fled from Syria to Turkey in October, 2013: “We had a very decent life. My children were in school; my oldest son finished high school and was starting university studying economics. Then, the war started. We lived in East Aleppo near rebel territory. There was constant shelling
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Nada and Mahmood and their two kids pictured in Istanbul, January, 2017. Nada and Mahmood fled Syria in 2012 with their daughter Judy (8). Their son Obada (7 months), was born stateless. The family initially fled because of the war. Four of Nada’s family members were killed. They sought refuge in Lebanon for two years
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Mohammed Yahya lives with his wife and son in Turkey. They were forced to flee from their home in Syria in 2012 and are currently reside in Istanbul. “My wife, son and I were living in Yarmouk camp when there were clashes between the rebels and governmental forces. They used to hit our neighborhood with
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Pictured above, Rakan’s wife and her family members in their container in Greece. We were living peacefully in Syria until the war started. Our economic status was good; we weren’t rich but weren’t poor either (middle class). We were living in Zabadni when the war started and our area was bombed. Our house was bombed
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Saada: Life in Aleppo was very difficult because of the war. Our house was destroyed during an airplane attack. First we moved to Turkey where we spent a few months. My sons started going to school, but we have been too afraid to let my daughter to go outside of the house. After my oldest
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Sabah and Ali’s mother Noura explains why the family left their home country of Syria: “We were living in a town called Darya in the countryside of Damascus where the regime army and free army clashed by guns, aircraft and barrel bombs. We felt so scared because militants were taking women and girls to arrest
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Before the start of the Syrian revolution, Ghoroub (right) lived in a small village in Syria with her two sisters, Amira (left) and Souroub. The three sisters worked on a farm and though they never received a formal education, they always aspired to improve their circumstances. Ghoroub practiced her skills at the sewing machine, while
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Having just completed his first year as a chemistry major, Khalil’s university and entire city shut down due to the war in Syria. He crossed the border to Turkey and then crossed the country to Izmir. His legs became swollen because of a condition with lymphadenitis. He paid a smuggler to travel on a 32-person
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Amale (6) before her shelter in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2017. Amale, her younger brother and parents were living in a small town east of Damascus when militants entered and began attacking. The family moved to another town further north for two months until they were exposed to further violence. Amale’s father Omran was wounded in
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Hadil (3) lives in Lebanon with her parents and baby brother. On the day her parents were married in Al Abbadeh, Syria in 2012, the Free Syrian Army clashed with the Syrian Armed Forces, forcing the newlyweds to flee to Adra. They remained in Adra for two years until the Syrian Army came and arrested
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It was the middle of the night. Rama (20) was eight months pregnant with her son Mohamed when a missile fell behind her family’s house in Aleppo. Because her husband had been drafted into the Syrian army, she couldn’t leave, but as chaos grew and hope for life seemed impossible, they fled to Turkey. Rama
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From Iraq, Malak (7) in Istanbul, Turkey, January 2017. Intisar and her husband Hassan fled Kirkuk, Iraq in November of 2015 with Malak and their three other children. They left when the security situation had completely deteriorated. There was a car bomb in their street, and they were personally threatened by terrorists threatening to kill Hassan and
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Abdullah’s (right) family fled from Iraq in 2014 when the war and lack of resources in their area made it impossible to stay. They have been in Turkey ever since. With his parents and four siblings, life in Turkey has been difficult. They have not been able to afford the right papers to get the
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From Liberia, Armend has been living in China for the past 10 months, sleeping on the living room couch of a kind friend he met after arriving in March, 2016. Armend’s life was disrupted in mid 2014 when the Ebola outbreak ended the lives of all of his immediate family members. Armend was a sophomore at
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Gufran (15) and his family has been running from the war in Syria for the past four years. The family is originally from Aleppo where their home was destroyed by barrel bombs and they have been jumping from area to area inside of Syria, but recently fled to Turkey due to the lack of safety. In Istanbul,
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Igor and Josele are originally from the Congo, having both fled due to the war and violence ever present in their home country. Josele was pregnant when this photo was taken in early January, 2017. She has since given birth to a baby girl. The family of three is in Istanbul. Though Igor originally held
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“We were living in peace until ISIS invaded our town Jabal Abdel Aziz at Al Hassakeh. It was very difficult and almost impossible to accommodate with them. They were imposing very strict rules. We reached to a point where starvation was happening. At the moment, the Kurds came to our town and ask us to
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This is Aesha (45). She’s a Syrian refugee currently living in Turkey with her husband and three children . Aesha is in need of urgent surgery for chronic buildup of fluid in her stomach, which has weakened her heart and could eventually reach her lungs. Before the war in Syria, the family was able to
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Fazal worked as a photographer and reporter for the local newspaper in Gujarat, Pakistan. He was a crime reporter with a criminal gangs beat when he began to receive threats for taking photos. He did not stop publishing his stories about gang violence in Pakistan and eventually began to receive death threats. One day while
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Adele and her family lived in the West African Country, Cameroon. In 2007 her husband left for Turkey to find work and bring the rest of his family to live with him. After seven years of unsuccessful attempts to reunite the family, Adele finally made it to Turkey with one child. When her husband returned
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Azam and Anum fell in love after they met working in the local grocery store. Being from different religions, they met secretly. Azam bravely sought Anum’s hand in marriage from her father but when her father realized that he was a Sunni, he denied him, and warned that if he ever went near her again, they would
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Ayat (20) fled Syria in 2015 with her husband Eyad (19) after militants took over their village in Al Raqqa. “The strict laws prevented women from leaving their homes. We were scared!” Now living in Lebanon, Ayat and Eyad need basic necessities like food and blankets as well as help paying off their debts. Eyad
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