Photo Gallery: Keeping Occupied in Turkey’s Adiyaman camp

February 28, 2013


Since the conflict in Syria erupted in April 2011, the government of neighboring Turkey has established 17 camps in eight provinces to provide safety and shelter to tens of thousands of refugees – three-quarters of them women and children.

The camps, including Adiyaman depicted here, provide a place to live and address the basic physical needs of the residents, but they also provide access to health care, education, vocational training and other forms of psychosocial support.

UNHCR teams are present on a regular basis in all the refugee camps and provide technical assistance to the Turkish authorities on all protection-related concerns, including registration, camp management, specific needs and vulnerabilities, and voluntary repatriation.

UNHCR has contributed tents, cooking facilities and other relief items. The refugee agency is also working with the government to help an estimated 100,000 Syrian urban refugees. It will continue its material and technical support to help the authorities cope with an increase in arrivals.

The following images of camp life were taken by American photographer, Brian Sokol, in Adiyaman camp, located in Turkey’s Gaziantep province. At the start of February 2013, nearly 10,000 Syrian refugees were living in the camp.

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Photos  © UNHCR / B. Sokol  

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp A Syrian child stands amid tents provided by Kızılay, the Turkish Red Crescent Society, for refugees residing in Adiyaman refugee camp. UNHCR provides technical support to the government in assisting the refugees.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp Syrian refugee children hold hands and form a ring while playing a game between classes in Adiyaman, which is one of 17 camps in Turkey.

 

 

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UNHCR staff members play with Syrian children in Adiyaman refugee camp.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp A UNHCR employee (in blue jacket) chats with primary school students attending class in Turkey’s Adiyaman refugee camp.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp A Syrian refugee boy stands in front of a blackboard while attending class in Adiyaman’s primary school. More than 2,050 Syrian children are attending primary school in the camp, built and run by the Turkish government.

 

 

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A UNHCR staff member assists a young Syrian refugee with his classwork in Adiyaman refugee camp. This classroom is located in a tent.

 

 

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A displaced Syrian child learns to use a computer with assistance from a UNHCR staff member in Adiyaman refugee camp. Syrian children at the camp can take vocational courses to develop their computer skills, study a foreign language and learn sewing and embroidery.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp Syrian refugee children get into the spirit of things during a drawing class in their primary school in Adiyaman refugee camp.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp The two women in this image are sisters and they are teaching younger refugees how to draw. The sisters, ages 18 and 20, lost their home and most of their belongings when they fled northern Syria, but they have not lost hope in the future as they can pursue their undergraduate studies in Turkey. The women live in a tent in Adiyaman camp with their parents, two brothers and a third sister.

 

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp The two sisters are not the only refugees in Adiyaman who wish to resume higher education studies. Ramazan Kurkud, head of education programmes at Adiyaman, said that 70 BA candidates and 10 MA candidates have so far applied to study at Turkish universities, starting in March.

 

 

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To provide exercise and entertainment for the children in Adiyaman refugee camp, a playground has been established. These children are clearly grateful for the facility.

 

 

A Syrian child plays on a swing in a playground area established in Adiyaman refugee camp. The services provided at the camp address both the physical and psychosocial needs of the refugees.

 

 

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At the end of the school day, a group of Syrian refugee children leave their classroom before returning to their families in their own tents in Adiyaman refugee camp.

 

 

 

Syrian women displaced by the conflict back home learn sewing skills as part of a vocational training program in Adiyaman refugee camp in Turkey.

 

 

A young Syrian girl sits with her mother, who is learning sewing skills through a vocational training program at Adiyaman refugee camp

 

 

A group of Syrian refugee women in Adiyaman camp practice their knitting skills as part of a vocational training program open to all residents in the camp.

 

 

Syrian refugee Mohammed holds up a woman’s dress that he has just made under a vocational training program for Syrians in Adiyaman refugee camp.  

 

Syria Refugees in Turkey - Adiyaman Camp A Syrian youngster gets his hair cut by a fellow refugee who is learning to be a barber under a vocational training program in Turkey’s Adiyaman refugee camp.

 

 

 

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