Resilient

Syrian refugee: “Our people want just freedom. It’s a small word. Free-dom. But we don’t get it”

In refugee camps in Turkey, Syrian women tell their stories in their own words

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Saturday, June 20 is World Refugee Day. I recently traveled to the border of Turkey and Syria to give the women in refugee camps there a voice. I found that the Syrian women are experiencing their own personal revolution, similar to the one in the 1960s. Despite all of the destruction they have been through, in the camps the women are learning to work and continuing their education which is giving them strength, resilience, and a new sense of self identity. The Syrian war has been going on for more than 4 years and nothing has changed, but the women have. I spent a week in Turkey working on this project, and three days in Şanlıurfa Province visiting the two camps, Harran and Akçakale. Above, watch the short film I made about some of the women I met there. And below, look through photos I captured during my time visiting the refugee camps.

Aliya Naumoff is a photographer and filmmaker published by The New York Times Magazine, British Vogue and Rolling Stone.

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