Syria has been ravaged by a brutal civil war for six years and the United Nations' refugee council estimates that more than five million Syrians have fled the conflict.
If they have managed to escape the country safely, it doesn't mean they are out of physical or psychological danger. While we might hear or read about atrocities committed in the country, the battle between President Assad's government army, rebels and Isis, or some European countries' reluctance to help the refugees – we rarely hear about the huge impact on the wellbeing of the refugees who have escaped but find themselves trapped in camps.
Edward Jonkler is the photojournalist behind a new exhibition showing in London: The Lost Men of Syria. Jonkler has spent time in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Greek islands including the Rukban refugee camp at the Jordanian-Syrian border which he describes as being the worst thing he has "ever seen involving the refugee crisis". Amnesty International has said there are 75,000 refugees trapped in the camp since Jordan closed the border. Jordan has taken in more than 660,000 registered refugees from Syria.
Jonkler has primarily documented the plight of Syrian men from a typically patriarchal society where they are used to being the breadwinners. They go on to lose everything, are unable to find work, struggle to provide for their families and often end up living in, what can only be described, as sub-human situations.
"Having something to do helps keep people afloat," Jonkler told Esquire. "But in many cases, the men can't work so they just lie around. They also have this double blow of losing their hegemony or whatever you want to call it. This means that they go through a crisis: Being held in limbo, stuck in a tent or house waiting every day. It makes its mark on people." Jonkler stresses that to not work and be supported by others is considered "deeply shameful in their culture".
The Lost Men of Syria by Edward Jonkler, in collaboration with the Worldwide Tribe, is an outreach exhibition hosted by the education department at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 19th July until 9th August.