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Balkan War: Flight of Turkish peasants

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Balkan War: Flight of Turkish peasants

Balkan Wars: Flight of Turkish peasants towards Constantinople. From " Le Petit Journal", Paris, 24 November 1912

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1912 Boys Bull Cart Constantinople Danger Domestic Cattle Escape Fear Girls Illustration Technique Large Group Of People Le Petit Journal Livestock Medium Group Of Animals Peasant Refugee Riding Social Issues Text Traditional Clothing Turkish Walking Western Script Working Animals Balkan War


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This powerful photograph captures the harrowing reality of the Balkan Wars in 1912. Titled "Flight of Turkish Peasants towards Constantinople" it was originally published in "Le Petit Journal" in Paris on November 24th, 1912. In this full-length image, a large group of Turkish peasants can be seen walking with fear etched across their faces. They are dressed in traditional clothing, reflecting the cultural heritage they are desperately trying to preserve amidst the chaos of war. Men, women, girls, and boys form a solemn procession as they escape danger and seek refuge in Constantinople. The scene is filled with symbolism: a bull pulling a cart laden with belongings represents both their livelihoods left behind and their determination to survive. Working animals such as domestic cattle accompany them on this treacherous journey through rugged terrain. The illustration technique used adds depth to the image while Western script text provides context for viewers unfamiliar with these events from history's past. The vertical composition emphasizes the scale of displacement experienced by these refugees. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the social issues faced during times of conflict – families torn apart, homes destroyed, lives uprooted. It stands as an enduring testament to human resilience and our collective responsibility to prevent such tragedies from recurring.

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