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This shot is taken in a carrot cultivation area in Beypazari region. The seasonal migrant workers are from Mardin area. The following information is an excerpt from the Annual Report 2011, prepared by The Bernard van Leer Foundation:

"Every spring, thousands of the poorest families in Turkey, mostly living in the east and southeast, start a process of migration to various agricultural areas in the west, south and north where they work as migrant farm workers for private landowners.

Typically poor and with low levels of education, seasonal migrants are one of the most disadvantaged groups in Turkey. They are not protected by labour laws and are often not paid a living wage. We estimate that 125,000 children migrate seasonally with their families, and their health suffers enormously. BvLF-funded research across nine camps found that young children were almost always sick and diarrhoea was rampant. These problems are rooted in poor physical conditions."

Source: http://bernardvanleer.org/Turkey.html

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