Zaym Muhammed sits with his family in the single room they occupy in the Şirinevler district of Istanbul. Zaym owned a grocery store and olive groves in a village near Aleppo, but he and his family chose to leave after the village was bombed and lost power. The family has struggled to make ends meet in Istanbul, where prices are significantly higher than what the family are used to paying in Syria.
Zaym’s daughter Yousra holds her baby sister Raghda as her sisters Nafeza (far left) and Zeina (right) look on.
Nazar, 3, drinks a spoonful of tea in the single room where her family lives in the Şirinevler district of Istanbul, Turkey.
The single room where Zaym and his family live under an apartment in Istanbul. While small, the conditions are better than what the family experienced while squatting in a nearby park with other refugees.
A young Syrian refugee stands in the window of the container house where his family lives, in the Öncüpınar refugee camp, Kilis, Turkey on December 17 2013. Originally designed to hold 12,000, the camp now houses over 21,000 Syrians as well as 3 schools, 3 mosques and a large market. Families are given a monthly stipend by the Turkish government to purchase goods.
Syrian children gather after the end of classes outside one of three school facilities located in the Öncüpınar refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. With the Syrian civil war dragging on for 4 years, many children are growing up in refugee camps.
Serjan Uysal, a pediatrician at the Kilis State hospital, looks over a patient’s records, as she prepares for her shift at the pediatric medical center at the Öncüpınar refugee camp outside Kilis.. The pediatricians are rotated from the camps weekly, and often see over 200 patients during one 8 hour shift.
Refugees crowd into the pediatric medical department of the Öncüpınar refugee camp outside Kilis, Turkey. Doctors from the hospital in Kilis take turns tending to the overflowing refugee population, in the several camps that have been erected in the area.
Serjan Uysal, a pediatrician at the Kilis State hospital, examines a Syrian child’s fractured foot at the medical center of the Syrian refugee camp outside Kilis, Turkey. Foot injuries amongst children are one of the most common afflictions treated by doctors at the camp, due to a lack of adequate footwear.
Serjan Uysal, a pediatrician at the Kilis State hospital, examines a Syrian child complaining of pelvic pain at the Öncüpınar refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey on December 17th 2013.
The mother of a baby presents her medical records to doctors, frustrated at having waited several hours to be seen at the medical center of the Öncüpınar refugee camp. Doctors at the local hospital in Kilis have been overwhelmed providing treatment for the influx of Syrian refugees, in both the hospital and government run refugee camp.
Serjan Uysal examines a Syrian girl’s ear at the Öncüpınar refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey on December 17th 2013. Pediatricians at the camp often see over 200 patients during their 8 hour shifts.
The father of a Syrian child being examined waits for a translator to explain the doctor’s instructions to him, in the medical center of the refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. The language barrier proves to be a difficulty for both doctors and patients, with the hospital and camp having to rely on a few volunteers to translate between Turkish and Arabic.
A Syrian child flashes the peace sign out the door of the container house where he and his family live in the Öncüpınar refugee camp. The camp has become overcrowded with over 20,000 refugees, as the war in Syria has dragged on into it’s 4th year.
Children’s clothes hang under barbed wire outside a security center at the Öncüpınar refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. Over one million Syrian children have become refugees due to the ongoing war.