Photographer Captures Tens of Thousands Fleeing ISIS, Entering Turkey


National Geographic contributing photographer John Stanmeyer, who has covered conflicts around the world, documents the plight of 66,000 Syrian refugees into Turkey who were fleeing the violence and extremism of ISIS. Turkey has received more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which erupted in spring 2011 and quickly morphed into a vicious civil war that spawned multiple extremist groups, including the Islamic State.

John’s words: “The bizarreness of it all is that this was an influx of many middle class people wandering in wearing slacks and dresses and jackets, even carrying elegant handbags. It’s clearly a group of people that have not migrated like this before. They only brought the clothing on them or a roller, as if they were heading to the airport. Seeing them, I feel like I’m photographing myself, I’m witnessing the reality that can befall upon anyone of…

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