Category Archives: Turkey

‘Als ik niet werk, lijdt mijn familie honger’

Publicatie: De TijdIMG_0197

GAZIANTEP- Meer dan de helft van alle Syrische kinderen in Turkije gaat niet naar school. In de plaats daarvan werken ze in fabrieken of bedelen ze op straat om hun families te helpen overleven.

Een meisje van negen dat de terrassen afstruint om zakdoekjes te verkopen, een jongen van elf die in een garage werkt, een tiener die van ‘s ochtends vroeg tot ‘s avonds laat achter een naaimachine in een textielfabriek zit. In Gaziantep, niet ver van de Syrische grens, kijkt niemand er meer van op. Continue reading ‘Als ik niet werk, lijdt mijn familie honger’

Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey

Publication: Al-Monitor

REYHANLI, Turkey — Dima* is a confident 21-year-old with pale skin and big brown eyes. Her black headscarf is wrapped loosely around her head above her pink dress.

She has two small children and a husband, but he currently works as a cab driver in Lebanon. Every month, Adly sends her money. However, it has been hard to make a living as a refugee, prompting Dima to look for a job as well. Continue reading Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey

Syrian refugees tell of barrel bombing horror

Publication: Al-Monitor

KILIS, Turkey — With her pale face and dark circles under her eyes, Amal looks like she hasn’t slept in days. And she hasn’t, she tells Al-Monitor, because of the constant explosions in her neighborhood.

Two days before, Amal and her children fled to Turkey with only a few suitcases, leaving everything else behind. In a park near the Turkish-Syrian border, the woman describes why she had to leave her house in Aleppo, the home where Continue reading Syrian refugees tell of barrel bombing horror

Syrian rebel fighter recalls torture inside ISIS prison

Publication: Al-Monitor

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A young Syrian rebel fighter recounts the horrific experience of spending more than three months imprisoned by the radical Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

It had been 20 days since Mohammed’s arrival in Turkey, after having spent more than three grueling months inside prisons run by the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Mohammed, 20, came to Gaziantep from the Syrian town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, where ISIS has imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia Continue reading Syrian rebel fighter recalls torture inside ISIS prison

‘Je hoort gesuis en dan gegil’ Vatbommen slopen in Aleppo de ene woonwijk na de andere

Publicatie: Algemeen Dagblad

KILIS- Terwijl de wereld zich met andere conflicten bezighoudt, gaat het drama in Syrië gewoon door. De vatbommen, olievaten vol explosieven en metaal, worden nog steeds vanuit helikopters op woonwijken gegooid. ‘Waarom doet niemand iets?’

In een park op een paar kilometer afstand van Syrië staart de 57-jarige Amal voor zich uit. Het is inmiddels 2 dagen geleden dat ze halsoverkop uit Aleppo Continue reading ‘Je hoort gesuis en dan gegil’ Vatbommen slopen in Aleppo de ene woonwijk na de andere

Syrian children suffer, adapt to war

Publication: Al-Monitor

REYHANLI, Turkey- Children at a Syrian field hospital near the Turkish border accept the war as the new normal.

Three weeks ago, 15-year-old Mohammed was a normal, healthy boy. Although he lived in a war-torn country, he played with his friends and bought groceries for his mother whenever she asked. One day, he went to the bakery to get some bread for dinner later that night. Suddenly, he heard a big blast, fell to the ground Continue reading Syrian children suffer, adapt to war

PKK mothers want to be reunited with children

  Written for Al Jazeera 

 Diyarbakir, Turkey – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has begun the withdrawal of its fighters from Turkish territory. In the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, many mothers lost their children during the fighting, and most are still living in the mountain camps.

Mothers whose children fought for the PKK are desperate to be reunited with them. PHOTO: MARIELLE VAN UITERT

The mothers here all hope that the withdrawal will bring their children safely home.

Despite being in jail, PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is playing a major role in negotiating the withdrawal.

Continue reading PKK mothers want to be reunited with children