Hatay is geographically in the lowest area in Turkey. Because of the province’s historical background a lot of Arabic people live in this region. Due to the closeness to the Syrian boarder this region is becoming a place where a lot of refugees are accumulating. Soldiers and fighters are also using it as a fallback point.
Refugees that can’t find a place in the overcrowded camps have to find a place to stay on their own.
There’s a lot of tension between the residents and the refugees. Landlords are double charging the refugees, making it close to impossible for the refugees to start a new life.
This is not by chance. The residents do not want the refugees to become permanent residents. They unofficially gave them the title of „temporary guests.“
This young girl was kidnapped by ISIS a year ago. They shaved her head to have her pass as a boy. She managed to escape from them a couple of weeks ago, making it to the province of Duhok where some of her relatives live.
In his project „ESCAPING DEATH: Syrian Refugees“ German photographer Felix Kleymann will be documenting the current refugee crisis, but instead of being on the outside, he will be joining the refugees on their travels. His journey starts in Northern Irak where he will be documenting the lives of refugees in the camps that are mainly waiting to return to Syria one day. From there he will be going to the refugee camps in Turkey. This is where many people start their journey to Europe in hopes of survival and a better life. Felix Kleymann will be taking the following route with a group of refugees: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria – final destination Germany.