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Undocumented Afghan migrants sleeps in an abandoned bus station waiting to be transported to other cities, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to other cities, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to Istanbul, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to Istanbul, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to other cities, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants washing up in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to Istanbul, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened bus station waiting to be transported to Istanbul, on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Sadullah (26) and Murtaza (26) crossing the tonel in Caldiran, Van Turkey 2021. Both were living in Kabul, because of their work which was a private foreign company that Taliban thought that they were serving for foreign sources and they felt threatened and came to Turkey from Iran by walking for days. When they are near the Turkish border, they chased with Turkish border patrols and they started running all around. Some were caught but they managed to escape. Later on Sadullah felt really sick and had to rest, but the smuggler did not want to wait for him and they left behind. But two were determined to walk... When they entered the Turkey, the border town villagers help them and give them some food and water and give them a phone chargers. In this pictures, Sadullah and Murtaza made 40km outside of the city center in Van. Before they were on their way, Sadullah said “My ambition is to have a peaceful life and for Afghanistan so I can return back my home”. Van, Turkey 2021
Sadullah (26) and Murtaza (26) was living in Kabul, because of their work which was a private foreign company that Taliban thought that they were serving for foreign sources and they felt threatened and came to Turkey from Iran by walking for days. When they are near the Turkish border, they chased with Turkish border patrols and they started running all around. Some were caught but they managed to escape. Later on Sadullah felt really sick and had to rest, but the smuggler did not want to wait for him and they left behind. But two were determined to walk... When they entered the Turkey, the border town villagers help them and give them some food and water and give them a phone chargers. In this pictures, Sadullah and Murtaza made 40km outside of the city center in Van. Before they were on their way, Sadullah said “My ambition is to have a peaceful life and for Afghanistan so I can return back my home”. Van, Turkey 2021
Sadullah said that they havent been able to eat properly during their journey to Turkey. Sadullah (26) and Murtaza (26) was living in Kabul, because of their work which was a private foreign company that Taliban thought that they were serving for foreign sources and they felt threatened and came to Turkey from Iran by walking for days. When they are near the Turkish border, they chased with Turkish border patrols and they started running all around. Some were caught but they managed to escape. Later on Sadullah felt really sick and had to rest, but the smuggler did not want to wait for him and they left behind. But two were determined to walk... When they entered the Turkey, the border town villagers help them and give them some food and water and give them a phone chargers. In this pictures, Sadullah and Murtaza made 40km outside of the city center in Van. Before they were on their way, Sadullah said “My ambition is to have a peaceful life and for Afghanistan so I can return back my home”. Van, Turkey 2021
Murtaza said that they havent been able to eat properly during their journey. Sadullah (26) and Murtaza (26) was living in Kabul, because of their work which was a private foreign company that Taliban thought that they were serving for foreign sources and they felt threatened and came to Turkey from Iran by walking for days. When they are near the Turkish border, they chased with Turkish border patrols and they started running all around. Some were caught but they managed to escape. Later on Sadullah felt really sick and had to rest, but the smuggler did not want to wait for him and they left behind. But two were determined to walk... When they entered the Turkey, the border town villagers help them and give them some food and water and give them a phone chargers. In this pictures, Sadullah and Murtaza made 40km outside of the city center in Van. Before they were on their way, Sadullah said “My ambition is to have a peaceful life and for Afghanistan so I can return back my home”. Van, Turkey 2021
Grafiti and writings from the Undocumented Afghan migrants in an abondened animal barns on Friday, July 9th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.
Umer, 16, got a tattoo on his right hand he was taken into custody by the Taliban for 18 days and repeatedly beaten. His district on the outskirts of Kabul fell to the militant group in May, and that's when he decided it was time to leave. "It's not safe at home. I want to live with my wishes," he said from a derelict van in Turkey's south-eastern Bitlis province. "I want freedom." Tatvan, Turkey 2021
Man riding horses near the Iranian border. Van, Turkey 2021
The Jandarma, or military police, keep watch in the area to stop smuggling. Van, Turkey 2021
A group of immigrants in Sultangazi 15 Temmuz Park at evening. Sultangazi, Istanbul 2021
on the 27th of June, 2020, a fishermen boat was crossing the lake Van with full of illegal immigrants in it from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to reach the other side city Tatvan but it sinked and according to Turkish officials 61 immigrant was dead. However according to Van Bar Association member, Mahmut Kacan said that “a smuggler said they saw 70-80 and there were women but and no female corpses were found”. Around 30 families claim their relatives since then. Yeni Mahalle cemetery,Van, Turkey 2021
Ahmed Navis, 20, from Panjshir arrived in Istanbul a week ago. He left Afghanistan because his hometown is the heart of the resistance against the Taliban, and he fears that if it falls the group will kill everyone who lives there.
Sahbaz, 22, from Paktier has already been pushed back from Greece and Bulgaria several times. He has been in Turkey three months and wants to go to Germany. He barely leaves the house he shares with 11 other Afghan men in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu for fear he will be caught and sent back to Afghanistan.
The 12 Afghan residents of this two-room Zeytinburnu apartment barely leave for fear they will be caught by Turkish authorities and deported. They keep the curtains drawn at all times so no one can see in.
The 12 Afghan residents of this two-room Zeytinburnu apartment barely leave for fear they will be caught by Turkish authorities and deported. They keep the curtains drawn at all times so no one can see in.
Mustafa, 20, works informally in a garment factory. His cousin was killed and sister injured in the Kabul Airport blast.
Afizola (28) and Latifa (22) sits in the Bus station in Van, Istanbul, Turkey 2021. Afizola was threatened by the Taliban after he finished the university and wanted to take a governmental job. Taliban did not want him to work for that job, if he did, they would kill his family.He says that he has no other option but to come to Turkey in 2017. He wanted to continue his studies but due to economical reasons he never went to university. A few months earlier, Afizola and Latifa got engaged. The only thing was that Latifa was living in Iran. Afizola was able to saved 4000$ dollar to bring Latifa to Turkey. She walked 2,5 half weeks everyday crossing deserts and mountains in extreme hot with 300 more people in her group. She said that only 50 of them made it and only 30 of them would be able to get in the bus because the smugglers dint take more people. Two reached each other and now they are stuck in Van bus station for about 2 weeks now. They says they have been feed by people there, and they can sleep in the banks. Afizola's brother also lives in Istanbul but he isn't able to come to Van. He says they will have to think of something about their situation and find a way to go to Aksaray, where he originally lives. Latifa speaks quite and shy voice and says that with a smile her face “It was my hope just to reach him I have no other plan”. Van, Turkey 2021
Afizola (28) and Latifa (22) sits in the Bus station in Van, Istanbul, Turkey 2021. Afizola was threatened by the Taliban after he finished the university and wanted to take a governmental job. Taliban did not want him to work for that job, if he did, they would kill his family.He says that he has no other option but to come to Turkey in 2017. He wanted to continue his studies but due to economical reasons he never went to university. A few months earlier, Afizola and Latifa got engaged. The only thing was that Latifa was living in Iran. Afizola was able to saved 4000$ dollar to bring Latifa to Turkey. She walked 2,5 half weeks everyday crossing deserts and mountains in extreme hot with 300 more people in her group. She said that only 50 of them made it and only 30 of them would be able to get in the bus because the smugglers dint take more people. Two reached each other and now they are stuck in Van bus station for about 2 weeks now. They says they have been feed by people there, and they can sleep in the banks. Afizola's brother also lives in Istanbul but he isn't able to come to Van. He says they will have to think of something about their situation and find a way to go to Aksaray, where he originally lives. Latifa speaks quite and shy voice and says that with a smile her face “It was my hope just to reach him I have no other plan”. Van, Turkey 2021
An Afghan undocumented migrants in his house. He was beating up by the Greek police and pushed back to Turkey in recent months. Istanbul, Turkey 2021
M,26, years old volunteer American nurse is checking up an Afghan migrants in their Istanbul house. The small house in outskirts of Istanbul's taksim neighbourhoods holds 12 Afghans who are not able to get any health benefits. They are scared of living their home and go to the hospital. Istanbul, Turkey 2021
Umit, 21 reads quran in an abondened bus station, on Thursday, July 8th, Bitlis, Turkey 2021.

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emre caylak
Photographer based in istanbul
Public Story
No place to go
Copyright emre caylak 2021
Date of Work 04/01/21 - Ongoing
Updated 09/17/21
Location Turkey
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