The smell of Arabic sweets and coffee filled the air as groups of people passed by the various shops. The calls in Arabic by the men behind their small fruit stalls echoed throughout the streets of Istanbul’s “Little Damascus” neighborhood.
Syrian musicians, refugees from Aleppo, perform in central Istanbul, Turkey, June 20, 2019. (Reuters)
Syrian refugee men work at a textile workshop as day laborer in Istanbul, Turkey, June 20, 2019. (Reuters)
Rumors fly, lead to assault
Demonstrators hold placards in support of Syrian refugees during a protest against Turkish government's recent refugee policies in Istanbul, Turkey, July 27, 2019. (Reuters)
Refugees used as political tool
Syrians cross into Turkey through the Cilvegozu border gate, located opposite the Syrian commercial crossing point Bab al-Hawa, in Reyhanli, Hatay province, Turkey, February 28, 2020. (Reuters)