OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkey - Day 3
by Chris Schuepp
KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, 25 April 2014 - On the third day of the
workshop in the Kahramanmaraş Refugee Camp we start filming in
various locations around the camp.
Mohammed (13) from Aleppo never wanted to leave Syria in the first
place. He thought the war would not take too long, but then his
family decided to leave the country and go across the border to
Turkey. Mohammed thought they would be here for a few weeks or so,
but it has been two years since they arrived in Kahramanmaraş.
Mohammed in his film "Stone age" - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp /
years of uncertainty, two years of not knowing what the future will
bring, two years of waiting for something to happen. In his
OneMinutesJr film Mohammed symbolizes the long wait by walking
through the camp by himself and throwing a rock up to catch it and
throw it up again. And again and again. Until he gets to a pile of
rocks where he places his rock on top of the others. One rock per
day, a symbol of the seemingly endless time in the camp.
Another Mohammed, also from Aleppo but already 15 years old, is
complaining about the lack of space in the camp. He loves playing
football, but unfortunately the facilities are very limited. 16,000
people live on a square with a circumference of about six kilometers. The
camp is divided into different neighborhoods with up to 500 tents
each. Everything is surrounded by a barbed wire fence and so there
is a critical lack of open spaces for sports and for children to
play. Mohammed therefore creates his own little football field, but
it sure leaves many wishes open.
Having fun in the refugee camp - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp /
Wherever we go in the camp, we are surrounded by tens of children
and adults. They all want to know what we are doing and when we film
a scene for the videos, we have a huge audience already. People come
out of their tents, they eat sunflower seeds, they enjoy seeing
something different for a change. Most tents have a TV set and are
connected to a satellite dish, but that is the only sort of
entertainment available in the camp.
OneMinutesJr cameraman Mohammed filming in front of a big
audience - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
For the children, however, there are the school tents and the child friendly space administered by the Turkish Red Crescent and UNICEF. The center is like a "safe haven" and also the place where we hold the workshop this week. At the end of an interesting day out in the camp, we get back to our base and wrap-up the day before we start with the rest of the filming tomorrow morning.