Unsafe’ is the story of the unwanted people around us; a large part of people don’t look at their faces as they walk down the street, they don’t bother engaging in the slightest communication even though they see them... They live in tough conditions in neighborhoods that we don’t happen to pass by and where the electricity is illegally used; where the walls are lled with writings
that make you feel as if you’re in Afghanistan, where people make scrambled eggs with tomatoes and pepper that they’ve got from bazaars or markets, thrown away because they’ve gone bad and they dip stone-hard, week-old bread in it; where water is pumped and drunk from glasses lled with cigarette butts; and yet, none of these pose a problem.
Aside from all such di culties, their biggest concern now is that the makeshift sheds which they live in, are going to be taken away from them.
As it’s getting di cult every day for them to stay patient, they can’t even tolerate each other. Frequent quarrels fuel their psychological storms. E orts to search for a safe heaven are getting worse every day. Even though their hopes are diminishing because of their poverty, they say they will not give up. They prefer living there illegally, rather than returning to their country empty- handed and going through the same di culties.
Some of them are helping their families by sending money through intermediaries, who make money transfers between Afghanistan and Turkey. The rest of them save their money either for their way back home or to pay for the ticket that the smugglers will arrange for them in order to enter Europe illegally. For them, the road has not yet come to an end, and it does not seem that it will soon...
They live in a country where they do not know the language,
away from their home and are trying to earn their living from
garbage containers. It is exceedingly di cult to forget the pain of family members sacri ced during the war and to stay alive in these conditions. But life, despite all the pain, is shaped around hope and the struggle to survive.
Unsafe Space reveals the lifeline between reality and dreams in the eyes of a small part of Afghan refugees in the Vefa district of Istanbul, with their intense downfalls and rare lifts.