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Not Home: Life in Nizip

Andrea DiCenzo

Turkey. January 2014

The civil war in Syria, now in its fourth year, has created a humanitarian crisis that has seen 4 million people displaced. They have fled the fighting to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, where some 1.7 million Syrians now live in refugee camps.

Nizip 2 is one of several large refugee camps built by the Turkish government along the border with Syria. About two and a half years old, the “container camp,” so called because its housing was made from prefabricated containers rather than tents, has amenities like barber shops and hair salons. But despite efforts to make the small city feel almost normal, it is not home and life at Nizip 2 can be bleak.

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