This spring, the war raging in Syria entered its fifth year and brought with it the continued displacement of an estimated 11.2 million people - almost half of Syria’s total population before the war. 4.6 million of those displaced have sought refugee externally with the vast majority of people now residing in the host countries of Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. These refugees are scattered throughout local communities, official and unofficial camps, makeshift shelters, unfinished apartment complexes, and tent communities. Although aid organizations attempt to provide support for many of the displaced, there are simply not enough resources being devoted for vast number of people. This, coupled with refugees adding labor to already weak host country economies is further exacerbating substance options for those displaced. As the Syrian war continues, there is little hope of returning home soon, forcing many to try and gain access to Europe. Over 50% of those displaced externally are children, many of whom are not receiving formal education and sometimes forced to work in order to help provide for their families. As a generations of Syrians now live abroad, this project examines and documents their lives scattered throughout the region.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon
2014 - 2016