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    Kilis Street Scene

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    EU funds Turkish health centers to help Syrian refugees

    New, EU-funded health centers are opening across Turkey to treat and employ Syrian refugees in effort to remove the language barriers they face when seeking medical care.

    My latest for DW News: http://www.dw.com/en/eu-funds-turkish-health-centers-to-help-syrian-refugees/a-41362710

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017


  • Open Source Hosting for Journalists and NGO workers

    To all the journalists & NGO workers out there, I just fortified my website with help from deflect.ca, a free hosting service for international human rights activists.

    It requires a bit of technical knowledge (PM if you need help) but I would highly recommend taking a look at this project: https://deflect.ca/


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    IYI Party Launch

    A Turkish nationalist holds up a portrait of Meral Aksener during the launch of her new far-right IYI party, which she will lead into next year’s election in attempt to gain parliamentary seats in Ankara.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    A place I call home

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Caught the gaze of an elderly women watching the rain from her window in Safranbolu

    Safranbolu, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    EU funding can’t push Syrian schoolkids over Turkey’s language barrier

    EU funds expanded education opportunities for refugees in Turkey, but lack of physical classroom space and language barriers still pose challenges for nearly a million school-aged Syrians.

    Read my report on refugee education here:
    http://p.dw.com/p/2mAPl

    Nizip, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    On the Black Sea

    Amasra, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Amasra Port

    Sailors on a cargo ship in the Black Sea port of Amasra, Turkey, where a fishing boat packed with 334 people was hauled in after being intercepted by the coast guard. It was just one of many vessels that smugglers have sent towards Romania in recent months.

    Read the full cross-border investigation into Black Sea human trafficking by Jodi Hilton and myself:
    https://www.irinnews.org/investigations/2017/10/16/old-route-new-dangers-migrant-smugglers-revive-black-sea-route-europe

    Amasra, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Old route, new dangers: Migrant smugglers revive Black Sea route to Europe

    In recent months, rising human trafficking activity on Turkey’s Black Sea coast has brought about 500 asylum-seekers to Romania, a country struggling to host the new arrivals.

    See my joint report with Jodi Hilton (and her excellent photos):
    https://www.irinnews.org/investigations/2017/10/16/old-route-new-dangers-migrant-smugglers-revive-black-sea-route-europe

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    Altındağ

    Dalia, like many refugees in Ankara, lives in the low-income district of Altındağ, which is Turkish for “Golden Mountain.”

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Syrian refugees married early face isolation and domestic violence

    Dalia*, a fifteen year old refugee, pictured with her baby at her home in Ankara. I’m proud to contribute this and other photos to Fariba Nawa’s important report on the challenges faced by young Syrian women in Turkey. From domestic abuse to conflict induced poverty and gender roles in the Middle East, the article covers big themes that need to play a larger role in our daily discussions.

    Read the full story: https://www.ft.com/con…/3754ce46-7204-11e7-93ff-99f383b09ff9

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Strange hills in central Anatolia

    Nallihan, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Night in Ulus

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    ‘It’s Never A Good Time for the Iraqi Kurds to Become Independent’

    My take on tomorrow’s independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region and what it means for the Turkish government. If passed, the measure could eventually lead to the creation of a long-sought Kurdish nation. It could also spark a new bout of instability in the Middle East.

    Full Article: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/turkey-kurds-barzani-iraq-referendum/540909/

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    Human trafficking increase sees refugee surge on Greek islands

    Aid groups are once again struggling to accommodate a rising number of people arriving on the Greek islands to request asylum. Despite heightened patrols in the Aegean Sea to deter smuggling activity between Turkey and Greece, about 3,700 refugees reached Greek shores in August and about 400 new arrivals have been recorded per week so far this month.

    The recent spike in arrivals is mainly credited to seasonal weather patterns and calm seas, but some monitors on both sides of the Aegean have said the liberation of Islamic State-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq may also be a factor as new refugees arrive in Turkey and head directly to Greece.

    “Many new arrivals are coming from Syria and from cities that were previously under siege,” said Louise Roland-Gosselin, an advocacy manager for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Greece. “It’s difficult for us to know for sure where they are from … but this is what people are telling us as they arrive.”

    Full story: http://p.dw.com/p/2k1vt

    Lesvos, Greece © Diego Cupolo 2015

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    Ancient settlement primed for flooding in Turkey

    Crews have begun dynamiting Neolithic-era caves near Hasankeyf, Turkey, an early Mesopotamian settlement that will soon be submerged by a hydroelectric dam project.

    Full Story: http://p.dw.com/p/2iea8

    Hasankeyf, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Striking an Impossible Balance in Turkey

    US Defense Secretary Mattis lands in Ankara today with the impossible task of soothing US-Turkey relations while arming Kurds in Syria.

    Full story: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/mattis-erdogan-turkey-isis-syria-kurds/537666/ 

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    Turkey’s AKP rolls back its own reforms

    The AKP still maintains support from about half of Turkish voters and is revered by many for having brought political representation to the nation’s pious citizens, but as Erdoğan takes the stage Monday evening at an anniversary rally in a suburb of Ankara, his party’s legacy is increasingly deemed as authoritarian by opponents and Western observers.

    Full article: http://p.dw.com/p/2iAtT

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Syrian Refugee in Nizip 2 Camp, Turkey

    Nizip, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    “Me dressing openly, is not an invitation for you.”

    From headscarves to miniskirts, women in Ankara demanded the right to dress as how they want today.

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    Three years later

    Today marks three years since IS took Sinjar Mountain by kidnapping, killing and displacing countless Yazidis. After the fall of Mosul, it’s unclear how many Yazidis will return to their homes. Last year, when I interviewed families living in abandoned buildings, many told me they would no longer stay in the Middle East. “How could we trust our neighbors again?” one asked.

    Shariya, Iraq © Diego Cupolo 2016

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    Anatolian Light

    Ankara, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2016

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    On the Balkan Route

    Idomeni, Greece © Diego Cupolo 2015

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    As German spat deepens, Turkey draws tourists from elsewhere

    “This is politics, and we can’t do anything,” a hotel manager said. “We just focus on our jobs. Erdogan and Merkel will have to talk it out. We keep our relations with customers, not politicians.”

    Full story: http://p.dw.com/p/2h3Ny

    Antalya, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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