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 us.

Ya Allah! Give us the wisdom and tolerance to make this world a peaceful place!

Up to 5,000 Syrians from Ayn al Arab amass at the border with Turkey on Friday evening, next to the Turkish village of Dikmetas.

Up to 5,000 Syrians from Ayn al Arab amass at the border with Turkey on Friday evening, next to the Turkish village of Dikmetas

A sandstorm hits Dikmetas Saturday afternoon, while thousands of Turkish Kurds amass at the border with Syria to help Syrian Kurds find water and food upon their arrival

A sandstorm hits Dikmetas, while thousands of Turkish Kurds amass at the border with Syria to help Syrian Kurds find water and food upon their arrival

Ahmed, age 5, (right) cries out of fear after crossing into Turkey from Syria with his family Saturday night

Ahmed, age 5, (right) cries out of fear after crossing into Turkey from Syria with his family

Turkish military keep watch at the border with Syria in Dikmetas

Turkish military keep watch at the border with Syria in Dikmetas

Thousands of Syrians from Kobani pour into Turkey on Friday evening. Turkish military personnel cut a hole into the barbed wire fence to allow the thousands of Syrian Kurds to seek safety

Thousands of Syrians from Kobani pour into Turkey. Turkish military personnel cut a hole into the barbed wire fence to allow the thousands of Syrian Kurds to seek safety

Gul, 22, rests with her youngest son, Burhan, who is one, and her other children. They found shelter at an abandoned gas station in the town of Suriç, Turkey, after walking from Karhko, Syria, hours earlier, fleeing the Islamic State

Gul, 22, rests with her youngest son, Burhan, who is one, and her other children. They found shelter at an abandoned gas station in the town of Suriç, Turkey, after walking from Karhko, Syria, hours earlier, fleeing the Islamic State

…in the meantime, we press on other very important, cannot-be-ignored immorality issues such as…is cheese halal (aka kosher)? or…Is it haraam (aka forbidden) for my kid to celebrate Halloween? Can I, as a Muslim, pet a dog?

#EffedUpMoralities

Kudos to Turkey for stepping up…

#WakeUpAndDoSomething

read more at National Geographic

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