Photos by Lefteris Pitarakis & Text by Berza Simsek On any given summer day, the hot sun glares down on the streets of Gaziantep, a Turkish city on the border with Syria. Inside stifling garment and shoe workshops, Syrian refugee children are hard at work, sewing machines buzzing in the background.
Photos by Bilal Hussein Thirteen-year-old Ali Rajab is on his feet an average of 12 hours a day, cleaning, filling perfume bottles and helping sell mobile phones at the shop in Beirut where he works.
Photos by Darko Bandic Once home to more than 14,000 refugees and migrants, the makeshift camp at Greece’s border village of Idomeni has now been evacuated and its former occupants transferred to other, supposedly better organized camps.
Photos by Felipe Dana For the first time, one of the teams competing in the Olympic Games will be made up of refugees who hail from different countries they no longer call home.
Photos by Petros Giannakouris Before catching the world’s attention, Idomeni was a sleepy village on the Greek border with Macedonia, the last stop on the train before heading through former Yugoslav countries and onto western Europe.
Photos by Oded Balilty Hundreds of faithful gather each week in the makeshift Savior of the World church. With its walls bedecked with Christian paraphernalia, it’s an unlikely scene in the heart of the Jewish state, hidden in a non-descript building in a hardscrabble southern area of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to fill its prisons.
Photos by Gregorio Borgia At Greece’s blockaded border with Macedonia, 10,000 people who arrived hoping to start new lives farther west and north in Europe are settling instead into lives in limbo, sleeping in tents in mud and rain as they wait to find out what happens next.
Photos by Hassan Ammar A Syrian teenager with dark curly hair spends his days hanging around a busy thoroughfare in western Beirut, chasing motorists and following shoppers to ask for money.
Photos by Petros Giannakouris Hamo had already walked 17 kilometers (10 miles) that day, pushing his 8-year-old daughter, Sidra, in her wheelchair, when he stopped in a field to ask directions to the Idomeni refugee camp.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen About half of the 4.8 million Syrians who fled their homeland are children, and some of the most vulnerable live in dozens of makeshift tent camps, including in Jordan, which has taken in close to 640,000 refugees.
Photos by Alastair Grant After hiding below the horizon for two long months, the sun has finally risen in Hammerfest, casting a pale pink hue over the Arctic landscape surrounding the world’s northernmost refugee shelter.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen The Qasus do not normally cry, but this felt nothing like normal.
Anyone hoping that Greece might finally have a quiet year was quickly disappointed in 2015.
Photos by Santi Palacios and Manu Brabo At the edge of a Balkan vineyard, Mohammed al-Haj lay down under a tree to collect his thoughts.
Photos by Santi Palacios The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried on their backs.
Photos by Muhammed Muhesien Shortly after a dinghy overloaded with refugees from Syria and Iraq reached the Greek island of Lesbos, Mahmoud Naoura stood and raised his hands, chanting “Thank you God, we are safe.”
For the hundreds of thousands of migrants on the move across Europe, the pace of a day is dictated by forces almost entirely beyond their control: the heat of the sun, the location of guards or police, the reliability of a cellphone signal.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Here among the tents of this informal camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, pregnant mothers have given birth to children they struggle to care for amid sandstorms and crushing poverty.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Rich countries should spend less on weapons in the Syrian civil war and more on education, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said Monday, calling world leaders “quite stingy” as she toured a camp for the conflict’s refugees.
Photos by Emrah Gurel Suruc is a symbol. The largest refugee camp in Turkey, in a nation which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, Suruc is a gleaming, orderly metaphor for Turkey’s open door policy toward refugees from Syria, nearly 2 million of whom have crossed the border in the past four years.
Photos by Jerome Delay As a teenager Joseph Nakaha fled with his parents to neighboring Tanzania when ethnic-based fighting erupted in Burundi after independence in 1962. In 1972, he was a refugee again and then in 1993 when civil war broke out, he and his wife and grandchildren again fled the country.
Photos by Mosa’ab Elshamy Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.
Only miles from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group, thousands of Iraq’s besieged Yazidis lit candles at their most revered shrine to mark the start of their New Year, which began Wednesday.
Photos & Video by Dalton Bennett This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi’s dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen Dozens of small, makeshift tent settlements have sprung up across Jordan, home to thousands of Syrian refugees who don’t want to live in large, government-supervised refugee camps but can’t afford to live in towns and cities.
Photos by Jerome Delay Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria.
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen At Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country’s civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
Photos by Khalil Hamra Life in Jordan’s Zaatari camp is getting harder for 130,000 Syrian refugees, most of whom have fled fighting in southern Syria.