INTRODUCTION: The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan caused hundreds of people belonging to various ethnic minorities in the country to flee to Turkey, by way of Iran.
GV Street scene of refugees in area of Istanbul grouped around orange seller. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Orange seller and backyards of houses.
SV Refugees standing in street PAN TO wooden fence.
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SV Refugees sharing out clothes sent by Turkish Red Cross. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan caused hundreds of people belonging to various ethnic minorities in the country to flee to Turkey, by way of Iran. In their new land, more than 600 refugees are earning their living in the manufacturing industry, selling leather crafts or in any odd jobs they can find.
SYNOPSIS: The refugees, now living in one of the poorer sections of Istanbul among earlier Afghan immigrants have made a dangerous journey through the mountains to reach their sanctuary.
They seem, however, to experience some difficulty in adapting to modern life in Turkey and are said to be unwilling to mix with the local Turks. The Turks, for their part, are reported to be blaming the Afghans for right-wing sympathies towards the previous Turkish administration.
Many refugees of Turkish descent prefer to live under the same roof, sharing one large house with family and friends.
The Turkish Red Cross provides necessities for those who left their belongings behind. But a total lack of correspondence with relatives in Afghanistan has added an extra strain as they continue to adapt to their new life.