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Susana Girón August 1, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.

Refugees in Istanbul, Turkey 2012

Susana Girón (b.1975, Spain) received her Master’s degree in Physical Education. Years later she graduated in Photography and Visual Arts at the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche. She received the Fototraballo International Grant and also was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition IPA 2012 with two Honorable Mentions. Her images have been published in GEO, Le Figaro, ABC, EIKON Magazine, El País Digital, Art Magazine and Basel Zeitung. Susana has published two books: Legados: Generaciones en tránsito (Artual 2010) and Faith, Passion, Destiny (Nortempo 2012). She is represented by Polaris Images.

About the Photograph:

“This picture of Alwande is part of a project about Iraqi refugees in Istanbul. She divorced her husband in Iraq and was forced to leave her country and go to Turkey after receiving several death threats. Her husband, her family and the society  rejected her for being divorced and a single mother with two kids. She is journalist and worked in Teheran for local newspapers focused on women rights. After she arrived in Istanbul she waited to cross the Greek border and reach the United Kingdom with all her savings – 1.500 €.- after years of work:  She was evicted after being unable to pay her rent. Alwande has no legal papers. Her children were oblivious to the drama their mother was going through. I tried to seek asylum for her at a Catholic church and later tried to contact her several times but didn’t receive any response.”


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