Mohammed is a 19 year old Syrian from Aleppo who fled from Syria roughly three years ago and he has been living in Istanbul ever since. Since arriving in Turkey, Mohammed has been making an effort to learn the Turkish language as well as the local culture.
“If I am going to live here I figured I better start learning their language and how their culture is different from ours. Otherwise I will never fit in,” explains Mohammed.
He is among several on a tour, organized by IOM, in one of the famed Ottoman palaces in Istanbul alongside other Syrian refugees and host community members in order to promote social cohesion as well as give refugees a chance to discover and learn about the country that they live in.
Photo Credit: IOM/Muse Mohammed