In oct 2015, I was in Turkey for ten days, travelling by bus for 18 hours from Gazientep to Bodrum. A trip long 1200 km following the migrant’s route toward Europe and new hopes.
The stretch of sea between the Greek island of Kos and the city of Bodrum in Turkey was one of the busiest and most dangerous to cross by due to strong winds, and also because they often used makeshift means for the crossings. In those beaches, a few months earlier the body of the little Ālān Kurdî was found dead, the Syrian boy that couldn’t make it to the Greek coast.
As a photojournalist I asked them about the situation they were living in those days
On the top of a hill in Bodrum, I met a group of migrants who came from Pakistan who had been traveling for more than two weeks. They were trying to find a way to cross the sea and reach Greece, a European Union country.
Turkish navy on patrol between the two coasts
The closest point between Bodrum peninsula and Kos island is approximately four miles. In the first six months of 2015, more than ten thousand migrants tried to cross it, mostly Afghans, Syrians and Pakistanis but also Iranians and North Africans.
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