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