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In Pictures: Turkey's Afghan refugees
Displaced Afghans live in legal limbo in Turkey, and struggle to access employment and welfare services.
Last updated: 08 Jun 2014 08:02
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Ankara, Turkey - Decades of war have ripped Afghanistan's society apart.

Despite combat slowing between NATO forces and the Taliban, the war is still felt by thousands of refugees. Many of those displaced have sought refugee and asylum status in Turkey. In May 2013, however, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) stopped accepting applications from Afghans, and froze all the ones that were being processed.

Now, many of these Afghan refugees live in a constant state of uncertainty. They can't get work permits, are plagued with impoverished living conditions, and have little means to advocate for themselves. Many feel forgotten.

In order to make their situation known, Afghan refugees from across Turkey have camped out in front of the UNHCR office in Ankara, in protest of their living conditions.


/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Nearly 10,000 Afghan refugees currently live in Turkey. Many of them must wait in legal limbo for Turkey to find a third country to take them in as refugees.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Afghans have to wait up to two years before being granted refugee status, but UNHCR made a statement in May 2013 saying that all Afghan applications for refugee and asylum status have been frozen.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Afghans had already been complaining about being ignored by the UNHCR before the statement, but now many feel even more forgotten.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Some Afghan refugees or asylum seekers have been waiting to be sent to a third country for seven years.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Afghan asylum seekers have begun protesting in front of the UNHCR building in Ankara. Since the first week of March 2014, many of the protesters have been living in tents, carrying banners that say "Afghans are humans, too, as all the other refugees".



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

The protesters have gathered all across Turkey. They demand that UNHCR give them better quality of life care, including medical care and education.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Nimetullah Farhadi was one the protestors in Ankara. Farhadi lives in Nev'ehir with his family, but he left them to attend the protests. He had to return to work and make money for his wife and four children.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Nimetullah doesn't have a work permit, and cannot speak Turkish. As a result, he can only be employed in manual labour. He does not earn enough money to support his family.



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Maryam, 13, wants to be a teacher. Her father and mother say that they have lost all hope for their children, and say they have even lost their will to live. But Maryam is still hopeful. She told Al Jazeera: "No matter where, it doesn't matter, I just want to study legally and to have a life, be a teacher".



/Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

It has been two years since the Farhadis came to Turkey. Since UNHCR revoked their refugee status, they don't know when they can leave Turkey.




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Nearly 10,000 Afghan refugees currently live in Turkey. Many of them must wait in legal limbo for Turkey to find a third country to take them in as refugees.

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Afghans have to wait up to two years before being granted refugee status, but UNHCR made a statement in May 2013 saying that all Afghan applications for refugee and asylum status have been frozen.

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Afghans had already been complaining about being ignored by the UNHCR before the statement, but now many feel even more forgotten.

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Some Afghan refugees or asylum seekers have been waiting to be sent to a third country for seven years.

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Afghan asylum seekers have begun protesting in front of the UNHCR building in Ankara. Since the first week of March 2014, many of the protesters have been living in tents, carrying banners that say "Afghans are humans, too, as all the other refugees".

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The protesters have gathered all across Turkey. They demand that UNHCR give them better quality of life care, including medical care and education.

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Nimetullah Farhadi was one the protestors in Ankara. Farhadi lives in Nev(***)ehir with his family, but he left them to attend the protests. He had to return to work and make money for his wife and four children.

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Nimetullah doesn(***)t have a work permit, and cannot speak Turkish. As a result, he can only be employed in manual labour. He does not earn enough money to support his family.

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Maryam, 13, wants to be a teacher. Her father and mother say that they have lost all hope for their children, and say they have even lost their will to live. But Maryam is still hopeful. She told Al Jazeera: "No matter where, it doesn(***)t matter, I just want to study legally and to have a life, be a teacher".

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It has been two years since the Farhadis came to Turkey. Since UNHCR revoked their refugee status, they don(***)t know when they can leave Turkey.

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9565 Afghan refugees and asylum seekers currently live in Turkey. Turkey doesn't accept Afghan refugees so they are all in limbo as they wait for a third country to take them as refugees.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/a7a78f282577de6683e5d8b1c09b64ccOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

9565 Afghan refugees and asylum seekers currently live in Turkey. Turkey doesn't accept Afghan refugees so they are all in limbo as they wait for a third country to take them as refugees.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/79f1e74a1ec1132a02ea5ccacf7c840e

Normally Afghans have to wait up to two years before being granted refugee status, but The United Nations High Commisionar for Refugees (UNHCR) made a statement in May 2013, saying that all Afghan applications for refugee and asylum status have been frozen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/79f1e74a1ec1132a02ea5ccacf7c840eOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Normally Afghans have to wait up to two years before being granted refugee status, but The United Nations High Commisionar for Refugees (UNHCR) made a statement in May 2013, saying that all Afghan applications for refugee and asylum status have been frozen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/b08b965f23e4e9b4c32441db6f7a54df

Afghans had already been complaining about being ignored by the UNHCR before the statement, now many feel even more forgotten.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/b08b965f23e4e9b4c32441db6f7a54dfOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Afghans had already been complaining about being ignored by the UNHCR before the statement, now many feel even more forgotten.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/77bbe82f7533ef636eac4bd89b283ccb

Some Afghan refugees or asylum seekers have been waiting to be sent to a third country for 7 years. They say, 'the statement only made the situation legal and written.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/77bbe82f7533ef636eac4bd89b283ccbOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Some Afghan refugees or asylum seekers have been waiting to be sent to a third country for 7 years. They say, 'the statement only made the situation legal and written.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/c4df32768f3e7996cb5e2b4ec8163c8a

Feeling forgoten, the Afghans have begun protesting infront of the UNHCR building in Ankara. Since the first week of March, 2014 many protesters have been living in tents outside the building. They carry banners saying 'Afghans are humans, too, as all the other refugees.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/c4df32768f3e7996cb5e2b4ec8163c8aOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Feeling forgoten, the Afghans have begun protesting infront of the UNHCR building in Ankara. Since the first week of March, 2014 many protesters have been living in tents outside the building. They carry banners saying 'Afghans are humans, too, as all the other refugees.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/42ab02728b1687db970623b701364077

Living without work permits and in bad conditions, the Afghans live in ambiguity, something they want the world to notice.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/42ab02728b1687db970623b701364077Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Living without work permits and in bad conditions, the Afghans live in ambiguity, something they want the world to notice.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/a94e8dde6d48f056a5129ab14c80898a

The protesters have gathered from across Turkey trying to make their message unignorable. They want the UNHCR to let them know when they can continue on with their lives.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/a94e8dde6d48f056a5129ab14c80898aOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

The protesters have gathered from across Turkey trying to make their message unignorable. They want the UNHCR to let them know when they can continue on with their lives.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/f455703c330d1bdf4009afeed66c42ef

Nimetullah Farhadi was one the protestors in Ankara. Farhadi lives in Nev?ehir with his family, but left them to attend the protests. He had to turn back to Nev?ehir to work and make money for his wife and four children.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/f455703c330d1bdf4009afeed66c42efOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Nimetullah Farhadi was one the protestors in Ankara. Farhadi lives in Nev?ehir with his family, but left them to attend the protests. He had to turn back to Nev?ehir to work and make money for his wife and four children.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/76541cf6eff22c7f290eb2776d0dc081

Nimetullah doesn't have a work permit, and doesn't speak Turkish. Because of this he can only take daily work like construction. It is not enough for the family, who has little to live on.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/76541cf6eff22c7f290eb2776d0dc081Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

Nimetullah doesn't have a work permit, and doesn't speak Turkish. Because of this he can only take daily work like construction. It is not enough for the family, who has little to live on.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/c21aa3e3e96394a700ee6f6c6a104d7a

13 years old Maryam wants to be a teacher. But she doesn't know where... Her father and mother say that they have lost all their hopes for their children, they have even lost their will to live. But Maryam is still hopeful, and also agitated. She says, 'no matter where, it doesn't matter, I just want to study legally and to have a life, be a teacher.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/c21aa3e3e96394a700ee6f6c6a104d7aOsman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

13 years old Maryam wants to be a teacher. But she doesn't know where... Her father and mother say that they have lost all their hopes for their children, they have even lost their will to live. But Maryam is still hopeful, and also agitated. She says, 'no matter where, it doesn't matter, I just want to study legally and to have a life, be a teacher.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/57670d9dfb5bb391c6bf369bdc3248a1

It has been two years since the Farhadi's have come to Turkey. They had their status as refugees and while hoping to be sent to a third country, the UNHCR freezed all applications for Afghans. Now, they don't know when they can leave Turkey.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures:_Afghan_Refugees/slideshow/no-caption/57670d9dfb5bb391c6bf369bdc3248a1Osman Bayturk/Al Jazeera

It has been two years since the Farhadi's have come to Turkey. They had their status as refugees and while hoping to be sent to a third country, the UNHCR freezed all applications for Afghans. Now, they don't know when they can leave Turkey.



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