While I was waiting for Godot, @ Kilis, Turkey
Syrian refugees crossing the border between Turkey and Syria, near the village of Hacipasa, Hatay. The Orontes river starts in the Beqae valley and meets the Mediterranean in Samandagi, Hatay.
an istanbul state of mind, #2
An Istanbul state of mind, #1
from the project “Running from home” – Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Antakya, Turkey. Ahmed Hakeem with his family, from Lattakia. Ahmed have been having problems with the Syrian government since the 80’s. He was arrested in the age of 15 for being a member of Muslim Brotherhood, which he denies, and spent 11 years in prison. He has been visited by the police on a regular basis since his release.
Azaz, Syria, August 7 2012 Town of Azaz, 45 km from Aleppo, and a five minute drive from Turkey, was hit by a Syrian fighter jet a week after these photos were taken. Azaz had seen a battle between FSA and the Syrian army about a moth ago, and became a FSA stronghold.
pictures from the recent project I am working on, “Running from home” – Syrian refugees in Turkey.
1. Antakya, Turkey. Maysoon Turkmen came to Turkey 2 moths ago. Her husband Hassan is in Syria fighting with the FSA. Like many other Syrians, she is living on the help from IHH (a Turkish NGO, famous for the Mavi Marmara incident) She says “everything will be okay in syria after the revolution”, “nothing matters other than Essad leaving”.
2. Antakya, Turkey. Abu Rahman, a Kurdish actor and artist protesting the Assad regime since 1995. Abu Rahman was arrested 5 times for being the leader of an illegal theatre group performing secretly in private homes. After the start of the revolution, he decided to step down from the leadership of the group, he says “We want to take down the leader of the country, so we thought we should not have a leader in the theatre group”.
3. Antakya, Turkey. Abu Beshir, a logistics manager for the FSA. He was working for Coca-Cola before the revolution. Talking about the current situation, he says “The war haven’t started yet”.
“raise the sky. we got to fly over the land, over the sea “