Humanitarian remoteness: aid practices beyond the Turkish-Syrian border

Ignacio Fradejas-García

The aid sector has been overwhelmed by the Syrian conflict, the biggest humanitarian challenge since the World War II. Inside Syria, half of the population suffer for lack of the barest basic needs. The political polarization and the violent attacks over aid delivery have forced the humanitarian actors to work remotely from neighbor countries. It has increased the difficulties to reach the people in need while the aid sector has developed new practices to deal with different administrations, governments and rebel groups with various agendas. After almost two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Gaziantep (Turkey), in this seminar I will sketch the humanitarian remote practices to reach the Syrian population. In addition, millions of Syrian have been forced to flee the country. Majority are living in neighbor states but the so-called refugee crisis changed the global perception of the conflict, its consequences and its solutions. I will present an experimental ethnographic video (not published) about my trip from the Syrian-Turkish border till Germany following the so called ‘refugee crisis’ to open the debate.

 

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