Photographer Emin Özmen has been documenting the fate of Syria's devastated town of Kobanî - also known as Kobane. 

 

In his project "Kobanî, the Uprooted," Emin Özmen shows the inhabitants of Kobanî, a town that has known the brutality of ISIS since September 2014. The Islamic State besieged the city on October 2014, however the soldiers of the YPG Kurdish army started to organize an unseen resistance at the Turkish-Syrian border. In the town, thousands of people tried to survive during the months of intense conflict, and in some cases, in order to escape the clashes both children and the elderly would risk walking across the mine fields that separate Kobanî and the Turkish border. 

According to UNHCR, 170,000 inhabitants of the town took refuge in camps in Turkey. After 133 days of fighting, Kobanî was finally liberated from the grips of ISIS. After a few days, refugees began to return to their homes, though not as they once left them. Basic necessities were missing, and there was no electricity. Inhabitants try to survive, but everyday it is a struggle – streets are covered with bomb craters and contaminated with unexploded mines and bombs.

 

Kobanî, Syria

March 23, 2015

Photo: Emin Ozmen @emin_ozmen / Agence Le Journal @agencelejournal

After over 133 days of resistance and clashes, life continues in the destroyed Syrian town of Kobanî. People return to their home after they took refuge in tent-towns in Turkey. They turn back to their homeland with the few belongings that they've rescued.

 

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