Syrian refugees


Samples from a commission work for Amnesty International Journal about the living conditions of syrian refugees in Turkey, on their way to Europe.


About 3 million syrians have fled the war in their country and Turkey has accepted more than 800 000 refugees, approximately 10 times more than the whole E.U. Around 75% of them are left to fend for themselves and with no proper aid mechanisms in place they are subject to exploitation: at work by employers, by landlords etc. 

Only those with enough savings can dream about making their way to Europe to seek asylum and set up a new life. But because of the massive influx of refugees, Turkey's E.U. neighbors, Bulgaria and Greece, have tightly secured their borders, making it more and more difficult for refugees to cross to Europe.

Cizre, south east Turkey border town with Syria - May 2014

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Fatima, a syrian refugee young woman in her temporary home, Cizre, Turkey - May 2014

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A syrian refugee family sleeping on the streets, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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Syrian refugees in Fatih district, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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At a syrian refugees home in Fatih district, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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A syrian family in Fatih district, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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Khaled and Khalil, syrian refugees in Aksaray area, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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Aksaray district  where most syrian refugees stay and organize their trip to Europe, Istanbul, Turkey - May 2014

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A syrian man in Edirne, close to greek and bulgarian borders. On his leg : "no loyalty", Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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A father is buying shoes to her daughter to cross the border, Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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A group of syrians on their way to Europe. They failed to cross to Greece one day before this picture was shot and they will try again the next day, unsuccessfully. In their hotel room, Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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A syrian man drawing a map showing the border line between Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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A group of syrians walking towards the greek border, Turkey - June 2014

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The group arriving in the military zone, a few hundreds meters away from the greek border, Turkey - June 2014

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Lying down to hide from turkish militaries, Turkey - June 2014

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Waiting for turkish military patrols to walk by, Turkey - June 2014

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The group of syrians running across a field, towards the greek border, just behind those trees, Turkey - June 2014

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Getting ready to cross the bordering river with Greece, Turkey - June 2014

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They cross the river with all their belongings in a plastic bag and enough food and water for several days of walk once on the other side. Turkey - June 2014

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Crossing the bordering river between Greece and Turkey - June 2014

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A syrian walking back to Edirne after a failed attempt to cross the greek border. As the group of refugees could see the greek police on the other side of the river, they turned around. Turkey - June 2014

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Resting in bed after a failed attempt to cross the bordering river with Greece, Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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Relaxing watching TV and chatting in a hotel lobby a couple of hours before having an other attempt to cross the border, Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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The muslim members of the group attend the evening prayer in a mosque before leaving for an other attempt to cross the greek border, Edirne, Turkey - June 2014

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