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Balkan migrant route 19
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

An Iraqi refugee has been given hospitality by the center of Banja Koviljaca. After staying in the center for some years he applied for the political asylum in Serbia and got it. Anyway, he can neither expatriate nor ask to join his family in Serbia. He is stuck in this bureaucratic limbo and, in the meantime, he helps as cultural mediator the people working in the center.

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Balkan migrant route 20
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

S., 22 years old, has reached Serbia from Niger after three months and he is now waiting for some friends and relatives to get some money to continue his journey. Many migrants, especially if they are political refugees, fear to be recognized by the police and by the secret services of their origin countries and consequently fear possible retaliations on their families.

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Balkan migrant route 21
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

In the center of Banja Koviljaca, as in many others reception centers, the migrants can use the internet access and thus maintain the contacts with their friends and their families.

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Balkan migrant route 22
Banja Koviljaca
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

At Banja Koviljaca, at the border between Bosnia, Herzegovina and Serbia, the migrants are received in a center which was opened in 1991 to offer help during the Yugoslavian wars. In 2006 this center was renewed with the help of the UNHCR and of the INTERSOS and can now receive about 85 people.

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Balkan migrant route 23
Bogovadja
By Mauro Prandelli
21 Jul 2014

The camp of Bogovadja accepts minors and families. The migrants who are not accepted by the center report that although there are available rooms the operators refuse to accept them even only to take a shower. The center director says that some rooms are kept free to eventually receive minors or families. The migrants also report that there were some cases of extortion and of request of sexual favors by the operators in exchange for hospitality in the center.

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"Free" Syrian National Football Team
By ashgallagher
16 Jul 2014

June, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members watched the 2014 World Cup games and were inspired - and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.

OPENING SHOT: GUYS SPREADING FSA FLAG 3-4 SECONDS/NATSOUND
SECOND SHOT: PLAYING W/ SOCCER BALL / WALK UP
---(CON'T VO)--- 01.15 My name is Nehad Saad al Dine from Homs. I came from Homs to Lebanon 2 years ago. I play with the national Free Syrian team
BUTT TO (OnCam) My house and my family, my brother were caught in shelling .

VO NOUR- SHOW NOUR WALKING THROUG SMALL CORRIDOR OUTSIDE.
1252 My name is Nour al din Khatan, I came from Homs Syria, I play with the Free Syrian team.

(VO --NOUR WALKING) ONCAM THEN TO VO - NEHAD PLAYING WITH FOOTBALL. ADJUSTING SHIRT ON THE HANGER
-SOT NEHAD:----1015 the regime doesn't distinguish people with the random shelling, we decided to continue with sports despite everything, we have martyrs. we lost our houses and we continue

ONCAM SOT NOUR THEN TO VO OF NEHAD/NOUR BEHIND THE WALL to VO OF THE BOYS BY THE FLAG
NOUR -- , i was visiting a relatives in Tripoli they told me about Nehad, they told me about the team and Nehad the coach , there's Nehad Said al Dieah who's running the Free Syrian team, so they told me "your are a player why don't you join them!"

VO OF NEHAD SHOWING TEAM PIX ON PHONE /ON CAM/ VO OF SHOES
NEHAD: // 1225 The team members work different jobs, so we can collect money from each other to rent stadiums and pay for uniforms, our players are professionals, they used to pay for professional teams in Syria

VO: OPEN STREET SHOTS AND W/ CALLS TO PRAYERS 3-4 SECONDS/ FADE TO NOUR GETTING READY to ON CAM TO IFTAR GATHERING
NOUR: // 1227 [[During Ramadan]] we spend our day: we wake up early, we bring things for the house, we bring things to break the fast and then we after we train for an hour, and then go back, we train again then we spend time with our friends, we pray. this is normal lifE

ON CAM/NEHAD 02.16.00 -- Thanks to God, we're managing our work, we are able to rent a stadium and buy uniformsNOUR: with our work, we are trying to rent a stadium,

VO OF BOYS W/ THE FLAG/ON CAM/EQUPTMT SHOTS
SOT NOUR: 0774 When the crises ends I want this team to represent all Syria, free Syria the independent Syria. To represent all Syria, not to JUST Damascus or Homs, but all Syria, God willing in the coming few years there will be national team no bribing and with no sectarianism and our team will move forward 2.59.23

VO OF IFTAR
ON CAM/NEHAD: we are facing many things here in lebanon, the regime still threatens us, the regime has a lot of allies and the players are in danger

FADE OUT/LAST SHOTS OF NIGHT FOOD/ BOMBING IN THE BACKGROUND OVER NIGHHT CITY SHOTS

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (1...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

More than 40 Student of ''Medes School'' in Erbil Organised an event with the Biggest Dolma ever in World to give food to Syrian Refugees in Kawergosk Camp and also get a chance to get in World Record Guinness Book.
Here are some of the Students of Medes school in Erbil with the Biggest Dolma.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
24 Apr 2014

Darashakran Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: Students Sit ground Of One of clowns and talking with her after finish the performance.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (24 & 25 April 2014) in this camp, around four hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
24 Apr 2014

Darashakran Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of Clowns doing performance for students.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (24 & 25 April 2014) in this camp, around four hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
24 Apr 2014

Darashakran Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One teacher and her Students Sit at the ground and look at Clowns performance behind of their school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (24 & 25 April 2014) in this camp, around four hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
21 Apr 2014

Kawargosk Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of clowns talk and play with one of syrian refugee kids during his performance.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (20 & 21 April 2014) in this camp, around four hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
21 Apr 2014

Kawargosk Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: Student look at Clowns Performance in their School.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (20 & 21 April 2014) in this camp, around Six hundred Students look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
16 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of clowns doing performance for syrian students that comes from school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
16 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: Two of clowns show performance for kids.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
15 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of clowns doing performance for syrian students that comes from school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
15 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of clowns doing performance for syrian students that comes from school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
15 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: clowns doing performance for syrian students that comes from school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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Clowns In Syrian Camps
By Younes Mohammad
15 Apr 2014

Baserma Syrian Refugee camp,Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan: One of clowns doing performance for syrian students that comes from school.
Three Clowns comes from CMSF From belgium they doing somethings funny in two days (15 & 16 April 2014) in this camp, around fine hundred kids look at their show in each performance.

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The syrian nakba 32
Turkey
By adrian
14 Apr 2014

Samah, 29, Hama, 16 months, "My work and my home"

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The syrian nakba 34
Turkey
By adrian
14 Apr 2014

Somaya, 27, Damascus, 2 years, "Everything"

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020 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

In the poorest neighborhoods, refugees can find a small room for 100/200Tl (40/80$)/month. Sometimes refugees occupy empty houses. Life here is very hard in these situations because the rooms usually do no€™t have heating and running water. The situation is very bad and they wonder why nobody does anything.

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021 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

The hygienic situation in the poorest buildings is bad. There is no heating or drinkable water. In this building, every family rents a room no larger than 25 square meters and usually has only a small window. The restructuring plan of Erdogan aims to destroy this old building and erect a new one that Syrian refugees could not afford rent.

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022 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

Often families have been forced to separate due to the war. Many mothers and wives have sons and husbands who fight in a war. Women are often left to take care of the children and fend for themselves while the men remain in Syria. Some of these woman are forced to walk several kilometers everyday to pick up the aid distributed by the associations. Syrian Women in need often complain that after an initial effort on behalf of both the Turkish government and the international associations, they were left to their own devices.

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023 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

35 year old Mahmoud (not his real name) escaped from Aleppo after being wounded and having surgery on his stomach. He came to live in a room with his family in Istanbul. He canno€™t work or walk very well.

"We were escaping from Aleppo and a rocket fell close to the car. Splinters exploded and struck me in my stomach and the leg. When I arrived to Turkey, in the center, they fixed my wounds. Thank God I survived, but now the situation is very bad, we are left to ourselves and we don't know what the future holds. I think I want to go back to my country when the war ends, I have my land in Syria. Inshallah€."

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025 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

Children who canno€™t afford to go to school wander Istanbul's city center seeking handouts or finding illegal jobs where they are exploited. Many children work up to 14 hours per day for little pay.

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026 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
04 Apr 2014

The situation for Syrians in Turkey is still precarious. Since 2014, several demonstrations against Syrian refugees have taken place. At first welcomed by Erdogan, Syrians were left to their own devises. Those who can, try to immigrate and seek asylum in Europe. However, an increasing number of Syrian refugees are forced to live in limbo while they wait for the war to end and return to their country.

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005 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
03 Apr 2014

Those who cannot spend too much for the rent share small basements or cellars. Many Syrian refugees canno€™t work in Turkey because they do no€™t have a residency permit.

Anas, 24 years old, escaped from Aleppo and works as a tailor in Istanbul without any job security. He left his family in Syria and is thinking of going back there to fight against the regime of Bashar al Assad.

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006 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
03 Apr 2014

A Syrian refugee shows his ID card and describes his arrest and torture at the hands of the Syrian police. On the ID there is a number which indicates which district a person is from. Based on the district, police can often venture a good guess as to a person's religion.

The person in the photo was arrested while coming back from University. According to him, the Police stopped him, checked his ID, and arrested him because he is Sunni. While the uprising in Syria has involved people of all religions and ethnicities, it is largely comprised of Sunni Muslims, who are also Syria's majority population.

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015 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
02 Apr 2014

Middle class Syrians are able rent a flat for 300/400Tl (125/165$) near the neighborhood affected by the Erdogan's restructuring plan. The plan was set up to re-build some areas of Istanbul. These houses will soon be destroyed to make way for more expensive, modern high rise buildings.

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016 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
02 Apr 2014

Nahla and her family live in a small house with two bedrooms and a kitchen. There are ten people leaving there with seven children. All of the families fled Damascus. The men of the family work as carpenters or bricklayers to raise the money to pay the rent and food.

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017 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
02 Apr 2014

Sivan, a 45 year old man from Qamisli, has been in Istanbul with his family for five months and he canno€™t find a job. He is Syrian-Kurdish and this makes it more difficult to find work in Istanbul. He says he came to Istanbul by bus. Due the fact that he cannot find a job, he is not able to pay his rent. His rent is three months overdue and the the owner of the flat in which he lives in wants to force him out. He does no€™t know where he and his family will do in future.

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018 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
02 Apr 2014

16 year old Omar is from Hasakeh. He and his family came to Istanbul on foot, helped by a smuggler, after paying 200$ per person.

He does no€™t go to school and works 14 hours per day as a button sewer to raise 150 Tl (65$) per week to help pay the rent of his house.

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019 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
02 Apr 2014

Farah comes from Damascus and has been in Istanbul for one year. When the war started in Syria she was pregnant. Her husband came to Istanbul and found a job and is able rent a house, which they share with another family. In this neighborhood, far from the touristic center of Istanbul, Turkish people are more polite and help Syrians by giving them food. The Mosque helps refugees by giving them bread and rice.

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011 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
01 Apr 2014

According to the UNHCR, Syrian children (from 0 to 17 years old) account for about 55% of Syrian refugees in Turkey. Many of them have lived through traumatic events and have witnessed war first hand. Some of them suffer from psychological disorders resulting from what they have witnessed in Syria. Several associations were founded by the Syrian community to try and help Syrian children cope with their trauma, but lack of access to proper care is still a major problem.

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012 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
01 Apr 2014

One of the first things that the associations try to provide is education. Children in this school continue to study according to the Syrian curriculum. Some books are re-written and passages praising Bashar al Assad are deleted. In this school, Turkish and English are also taught.

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013 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
01 Apr 2014

A little girl sings a song about war:

"€œWe came to your feast, Through your celebration we are asking you, why now do we not have any feast?
O€™ World, my land is burned, my free land is stolen. Our sky is dreaming, asking days, where is the beautiful shiny sun?
Where are the pigeons flocks?
My little land, little like me, return peace to it and give us back our childhood,
Give us our childhood,
Give us, give us Peace."€

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014 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
01 Apr 2014

The flag used by the revolutionaries is still hung in all classrooms. Some schools publicly took a stand in support of the Syrian revolution, hanging the flag of the revolution on their walls.

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001 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
31 Mar 2014

The wall near the Fatih Mosque bears a slogan reading:

"€œYesterday Bosnia, today Syria"€.

The Syrian community seeking shelter in Turkey numbers about 1.5 million people. Syrian refugees try to reestablish their lives in Istanbul, looking to the longterm.

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007 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
31 Mar 2014

The Syrian community has founded many associations that help Syrian refugees in Istanbul. Near Aksaray, the Syrian Noor Association provides refugees with a doctor and a dentist. Some refugees suffer from post-traumatic Stress disorders, especially young people directly affected by the fighting. However, lack of access to psychological care is still a major problem.

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008 Syrian Odyssey
Istanbul, Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
31 Mar 2014

The €œSyrian Noor Association€ collects medicine in order to distribute them in the center or to send them every month to Syria. The Turkish Government allows them to do so, but does no€™t help in any way.