The village of Terolar, in the province of Kahramanmaraş in southeastern Turkey, looks idyllic. Gentle, rolling hills under crisp blue skies spread into the horizon. Neat fields of wheat, tended daily by residents, cover the land. Chickens roam freely. The occasional tractor breaks the stillness of the narrow, empty streets.

The reporting for this article was carried out shortly after the EU-Turkey deal of March, 2016 and was meant to be published sooner. However, the issue remains unchanged despite the silence surrounding it in mainstream media.

Aksaray, Istanbul’s former human smuggling epicenter, is Yakzan´s office and hunting ground. The square…

Lorena Rios

Freelance multimedia journalist currently based in Mexico City. Citizen of the world but considered Mexican by most.

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