By Murad Sezer
Tens of thousands of Kurdish Syrians have fled Islamic State and flocked to the Turkish border. Most of them are from the Syrian border town Kobani and its surrounding villages, where the group’s fighters have launched attacks, but other refugees have travelled from further away.
They arrive at the border, tired, miserable and desperate for water, but many have to wait days before they are allowed to cross into Turkey.
There is an increasing accommodation problem in the small Turkish border towns, which have very little space for so many refugees, but if they can be accommodated, border officials will allow them to enter in groups. Some lucky refugees have relatives in Turkey with whom they can stay.
Many walk from nearby villages, some wearing simply a pair of slippers on their feet. Mothers and fathers carry small children in their arms or on their shoulders, and assist the elderly.
Those who travel by car have to leave them on the Syrian side, and the same goes for any goats or sheep that families had tried to bring with them. They continue with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few bags or small suitcases.