TORBALI, TURKEY – “Look at this place. You can’t tell the difference between this camp and a toilet,” says Khadija, a 38-year-old Syrian mother of four, as she gestures around her home: a tent inside a concrete warehouse, made of dusty carpets draped over haphazardly positioned metal rods.
The warehouse in this small farming village on the outskirts of the Turkish coastal city of Izmir is home to almost 200 refugees. Many of them, like Khadija, work long hours as farmhands in the nearby fields.
They are among thousands of Syrian refugees working as migrant farm laborers across Turkey. The exact number is unknown, since most of the refugees cross the border surreptitiously and remain undocumented.