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Istanbul Project 2015 | July 17, 2024

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Featured Stories

Featured Stories.

Treating the War Wounded

July 28, 2015 |

Battered by ISIS attacks, the Syrian city of Kobani, just south of the Turkish border, is struggling to provide essential medical care to its residents and defenders. The canton’s sole hospital, the Emel Hospital, has just one emergency room, two operating rooms and two anesthesiology machines.Read More

Syrian Refugee Lends a Hand After Landing

July 28, 2015 |

While many Syrian refugees flee to Turkey to escape the distressful outcomes of the Syrian civil war, some, like Mohammed Nizar Bitar, have also found a successful new life here. Bitar, a 50-year-old Syrian who fled four years ago, is an atypical refugee who brought his entrepreneurial drive to Istanbul. Read More

Moving Hips to Change Minds

July 28, 2015 |

Gigi Dilşa lives her life hiding in plain sight. She runs errands, says good morning to her neighbors, and goes to work, all while masking her identity. To some, she says she is an English teacher. To others, she is a personal trainer. But neither of these represents who Dilşa is nor what she does for a living.Read More

Civilized Shopping

July 28, 2015 |

Hidden in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district is the Arasta Bazaar, an elegant tourist market with a much calmer vibe than the more frenetic and better-known Grand and Spice bazaars. As in its bigger brethren, in Arasta you’ll find carpets, textiles, towels, scarves, felt hats and organic soaps. Read More