Shawn Carrié and Asmaa Omar are the authors of this article. Shawn Carrié is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul covering conflict, migration, and culture in the Middle East. His work has been published in Newsweek, VICE, and Public Radio International. Follow him on Twitter @shawncarrie. Asmaa Omar is a freelance journalist based in Turkey covering conflict and regional politics. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed and Le Figaro. Follow her on Twitter at @asmaaoma.