Afghan refugees in Istanbul
67 images Created 10 Jan 2016
At least 20,000 Afghans live on the margins of society in Turkish cities, lured here by a promise of good wages that are never paid, and smugglers who tell them it is an easy launching point for a better life in Europe. Cast aside by war in their homeland and overlooked by aid agencies focusing on Syrians, many now scrape by digging through Istanbul's trash for plastic, paper, glass -- anything they can sell to recyclers. They have no legal protection in Turkey, making it nearly impossible to get medical care, or go to police when they are mistreated by employers or locals.