10.  Embracing the homeless in Istanbul

By Derya Doğan

The Embrace Life restaurant is tucked away on a side street in Istanbul’s central Beyoglu district. A tiny place, it serves the usual fare of soups, stuffed vegetables and schnitzels to customers until 6pm every evening – after which all food is free for the city’s homeless.

9. Immigrant doctors get a raw deal

By Seda Karatabanoğlu

Immigrant doctors in Turkey complain that they are working under significantly worse conditions than their Turkish colleagues amid the extra strains of the coronavirus pandemic. 

8. Public workers on the frontline against Covid-19

By Murat Bay

Turkey, a country of 83 million people, has nearly 900,000 health workers, most of whom are working to contain the spread of the virus and help those infected. Many find this task very challenging.

7. As pandemic continues, exhausted Turkish doctors are struggling

By Burak Ütücü

The pressures of the coronavirus pandemic are leading to a growing number of resignations among doctors in Turkey. 

6. How the pandemic impoverished Istanbul’s cleaners

By Gözde Yel

Women who make a living as daily cleaners are among the groups in Turkey hit hardest by the pandemic. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, more than 600,000 people – overwhelmingly women – do this kind of work, although İmece, a trade union for domestic workers, believes the true figure is over a million. 

5. The return of the Turkish summer house

By Gonca Tokyol

Once a popular holiday choice in Turkey, summer houses have seen a revival of interest during the coronavirus pandemic.

4. Trapped by the EU-Turkey border crisis

By Vecih Cuzdan and Murat Bay

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived at the Turkey-Greece land border since Ankara announced on February 28 that it would no longer prevent them leaving for Europe, in an attempt to pressure the West into supporting its military operations in Syria.

3. ‘Mum’s slipper’: harmless fun or a sign of desperation?

By Defne Sarıöz

The idea of a mother beating her child with a slipper still seems like a legitimate, and even amusing, form of discipline to many people in Turkey. But not everybody agrees.

2. Boomtime for Turkey’s academic ghostwriters

By Ekrem Söyler

Under the leadership of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), higher education has been greatly expanded since the early 2000s. Yet this growth has been followed by increased demand for essay-writing services – a development that, as an investigation by Inside Turkey reveals, threatens academic standards. 

 1.  Joy and unease as Hagia Sophia is transformed

By Murat Bay

Hagia Sophia, which once symbolised the secular values of modern Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, has also become a symbol of wider political change.