As part of a recent report on the status of Syrian refugees in Turkey, independent journalist Bitte Hammargren and photographer Stephan Bladh collected personal accounts from the life of nine Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The nine portraits provide a voice to people who are striving to maintain their livelihoods beyond the realms of international and national politics.
“So much energy is contained inside us."
“I see myself having graduated from medical school, opened my own clinic and a textile factory, which employs many people, because unemployment is a big issue now.”
“The most important thing is to adjust to the culture and language here; it will help the integration.”
“We should not discriminate anyone here. One day we could be in the same situation, we could be refugees ourselves.”
“I try to put my feet in the shoes of the refugees."
“We wish to feel safe here and fear instability.”
“We run a campaign against domestic violence and honour killings."
“Turkey has mysterious criteria for naturalisation.”
“Try to be productive in whatever skills you have.”
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