Syria, the other bank of the river

More than 220,000 people have died in Syria since March 15, 2011. Nearly four million Syrians have fled the fighting to neighboring countries. Among them, Turkey. These pictures from 2012 show families from the northwestern province of Idlib crossing the Asi – or Orontes – River into southeastern Turkey. Rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had then established border-crossing points along the river. At dusk and dawn, they helped Syrians – mostly families with children – board small boats to reach the other bank. Others entered Turkey by swimming across the river. The river was also used to send basic goods such as bread, rice, flour and medicines from Turkey to Syria. As of April 2015, nearly 1,8 million Syrians were living in Turkey.