THO Participates in UNA-USA Leadership Summit’s Adopt-A-Future Open House

THO-sponsored photo exhibit “On the Border: Syrian Women and Children” displayed at UNA-USA open house

On June 11, Turkish Heritage Organization presented acclaimed photographer Sinem Oguz’s photo exhibit “On the Border: Syrian Women and Children” at the UNA-USA 2017 Leadership Summit. The summit brings leaders and members of UNA-USA chapters from around the country to Washington, D.C. to learn from global experts. Oguz’s exhibit was part of an open house that informed attendees about the Adopt-A-Future campaign, a program working to prevent a lost generation by highlighting the importance of education for refugee children. 

At the open house, THO Coordinator Caysie Myers informed participants about THO’s past and future programs and activities on humanitarian aid in Turkey. She also shared THO’s mission in supporting U.S-Turkey cooperation in a variety of areas, including a humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis. 

Oguz’s exhibit, which was sponsored by THO, features photography of Syrian women and children living in temporary housing facilities in Turkey. The photographs capture a day in the life of young refugees in shelters along the Turkey-Syrian border. Oguz, a Turkish-American high school student at Leonia Academy of Science in New Jersey, traveled to Turkey’s largest refugee housing facilities in Harran and Akcakale to document the lives and experiences of Syrian women and children, who make up the majority of the more than 3 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Turkey since 2011. The exhibit has been displayed at multiple events in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and THO will continue to display the photographs across the U.S. 

Born in Ankara, Oguz immigrated with her family to the United States in 2009. She uses her talent to call attention to the challenges and struggles of people displaced by war and political unrest. She is specifically passionate about advocating for the women and children displaced by the Syrian conflict.