Washing windows, selling packets of tissues, stretching out an open hand to passersby — Syrians who have fled to Turkey from the ongoing chaos at home find themselves doing anything just to get by.
As the battle for Kobani intensifies and the world takes notice, the people of Kobani can only wait. Many gather on a hilltop in a Turkish border town, their hometown’s fate out of their hands but still within sight.
SURUC, Turkey --- Ali watches smoke rise up out of his hometown in Kobani, Syria, from a hilltop on the Turkish border, a little over a mile away. Explosion after explosion pops off in succession, followed by the quick “tick-tick-tick” of AK-47 assault rifles. Ali, a Muslim man who asked to be referred to only by his first name, is