Stories about Turkey from June, 2016
The government has blamed ISIS for the attack. Homes and hotels in Turkey's largest city have opened their doors to stranded passengers.
While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.
"Riot police have used more rounds of teargas and [smoke] grenades to counter reconvening protesters in #Firuzağa #Istanbul."
"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."
The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.
They believe that peace and friendship is the best way to overcome problems and that art, especially photography, is a medium that can bring people closer together.
"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."
"Employers discriminated against us. I met people who were forced to do hard labor for little money. They lived like robots. I didn’t want that."
"It was very hard to decide if I wanted to leave this country without coming back again...Even if it’s dangerous, it is my country. I like this country."