My photographs mirror a day of Syrian women and children refugees in Turkey’s largest refugee shelters in Harran and Akcakale. As a Turkish-American high school student in Leonia Academy of Science in New Jersey, I wanted to demonstrate and share the lives and experiences of people who are forced to flee their homes. Since 2011, more than 2.7 million Syrians fled to Turkey seeking shelters, the majority of them being woman and children.
I was born in Turkey and immigrated with my family to the United States in 2009. I aim to use my talent to raise awareness for the difficulties and struggles people are facing because of war, violence and political instabilities. I am deeply concerned about Syrian women and children displaced by the civil war thus I am an ambitious advocator for this issue.
Photography by Sinem Oguz.