The Children of Oncupinar

During the #Journalism4Juniors program in Kilis, TRT World Citizen photographer in residence, Imaan Qureshy, spent time with Syrian families currently residing in the Oncupinar Refugee Camp.

Kilis: DAY ONE

Mentors arrived at the Öncüpınar Refugee Camp in Kilis by the Syrian border in Turkey. Guest Speaker Ahmed Al Burai, a Palestinian correspondent for TRT World gave a motivating talk about goal setting and managing your priorities. The students, young refugees from Syria, then participated in classes about storytelling and mobile journalism.

Kilis: DAY TWO

Students continued their lessons in storytelling then field production. Many tried their hand shooting with different lenses, angles, and cameras. Some of our students were interviewed by TRT Haber who are currently featuring #Journalism4Juniors on their nightly news coverage. Working in groups, participants then filmed their own interviews with other residents from the Oncupinar Refugee Camp in preparation for their final pieces, tomorrow.


Certificates were prepared for the final day of the program. Mentors provided their final feedback after viewing all the news packages the students worked on. They were beyond impressive - considering the students completed them in a single day on mobile phones and tablets provided by the #Journalism4Juniors crew. Every student was awarded with their own J4J certificate for their efforts, and the mentors signed off with some inspiring speeches.