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Children of Nusaybin speak of torture by Turkish soldiers

Children who were arrested by Turkish soldiers during Democratic Autonomy resistance in Nusaybin spoke of torture at the hand of Turkish soldiers in custody.

The trial of 67 people including 17 children who were arrested by Turkish soldiers in Mardin’s Nusaybin district during Democratic Autonomy resistance back in 2016 started at Mardin 4th Heavy Penal Court today. Eight of the children were brought to courtroom while nine children were forced to attend the trial via closed-circuit camera system (SEGBIS). Seven of the children refused to give their statements via SEGBIS.

One of the children, H.A. gave his statement to the court. He said that they had to stay in the basements during clashes and were captured by Turkish forces after they left the conflict zone. H.A. spoke about the torture in custody and said that he was forced to sign a statement written by the soldiers.

Another imprisoned child, H.E. said, “We, 25 children who were hiding at the basement surrendered. After we declared that we will surrender, the security forces who came to pick us made a video recording. They said that they would take us to our families but took us to another place instead. Soldiers who were lined eight by eight tortured us. They broke a stick on my back”.

Speaking at the courtroom N.A. told the judges about the torture and verbal abuse and said that they gave their statement to the prosecutor under pressure.

“When I told the prosecutor that I had been tortured, he told me: ‘Pray that you are not dead’” N.A. said.

N.A. told of the torture right after their capture: “When cameras were on or there were health workers around they were behaving good to us, saying that they are trying to help us But when the cameras were turned off they continued to torture us. They took me to another room. There were screams coming from the other part of the building. Two or three people attacked me in that room. They attempted to rape me”.

Another child D.A. also said that he had been sexually abused during the detention and rejected the accusations towards him.

Other children told of the same story and said that they were denied treatment by Turkish soldiers.

The judges denied the statements by the children and their lawyers and decided for the continuation of detention for all of the children. The hearing was adjourned to April 10.

ANF

Keine Gerechtigkeit für verletzte Kinder

In Şirnex wurden im vergangenen Jahr mehrere Kinder von Panzerfahrzeugen getötet oder verletzt. Die Prozesse kommen nicht ins Rollen.

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In den Fällen kurdischer Kinder in Şirnex, die von gepanzerten Fahrzeugen der türkischen Armee oder Polizei überfahren worden sind, bleibt die Justiz auf der Strecke. Alleine vier Kinder kamen im vergangenen Jahr nach Zusammenstößen mit Panzerfahrzeugen ums Leben. Weitere Kinder wurden zum Teil schwer verletzt.

Tatverdächtiger nach erster Anhörung entlassen

Ömer Yeğit, der im Prozess um den gewaltsamen Tod der Geschwister Furkan (6) und Muhammed (7) Yıldırım angeklagt war, wurde nach der ersten Anhörung am 17. Oktober 2017 aus der Haft entlassen. Furkan und Muhammed waren ums Leben gekommen, nachdem ein Panzerwagen gegen das elterliche Haus fuhr. Der zweite Verhandlungstag ist für kommenden Donnerstag angesetzt. Die Rechtsanwält*innen haben wenig Hoffnung.

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Auch in anderen Fällen handelt die Justiz nicht. Während in manchen Fällen nicht einmal Untersuchungen eingeleitet werden, kommt es in den Ermittlungen anderer Fälle nicht zu strafrechtlicher Verfolgung.

Behördliche Hindernisse tauchen nicht nur im Verwaltungsapparat der Staatsanwaltschaft auf. Vor Ort sollen Angehörige der Opfer von Beamten öffentlicher Einrichtungen unter Druck gesetzt worden sein, um sie über gewisse ‚Angebote‘ von der Beschwerde abzubringen.

Täter weiterhin im Dienst

Mehr als zwei Monate sind bereits vergangen, nachdem am 2. November 2017 in Sûr (Amed) ein Panzerfahrzeug die achtjährige Ruken Cansırı anfuhr und schwer verletzte. Nach Angaben von Faysal Cansırı, dem Onkel des Opfers, sei zwar die Aussage der Angehörigen aufgenommen worden, doch zu Ermittlungen gegen die Polizisten sei es nicht gekommen. Die Beamten seien weiterhin im Dienst.

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Kinder immer noch in Krankenhausbehandlung

Bei einem Vorfall am 30. November in Silopî wurde der Fuß der zehnjährigen Çiğdem Başak in einer automatischen Bodenschwelle der Polizei eingeklemmt. Die beiden Polizisten, die die Bodenschwellen aufstellten, sollen vom Dienst suspendiert worden sein, Anklage wurde jedoch nicht erhoben. Die Zehnjährige befindet sich weiterhin in medizinischer Behandlung in der Universitätsklinik Elazığ (Xarpêt). Kerem Başak, ein Bruder des verletzten Kindes, gab an, seine Schwester habe einen Seitenbandriss erlitten. Man werde weiterhin an einer Anzeige festhalten.

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Schwere Leber- und Hirnschäden bei Umut

Der vierjährige Umut Özalp spielte vor seinem elterlichen Haus in Hezex (Idil) in der Provinz Şirnex, als er am 17. Dezember von einem gepanzerten Polizeiwagen angefahren und schwer verletzt wurde. Das Kind befindet sich weiterhin im Krankenhaus in Batman. Nezir Başak, der Vater des verletzten Kindes, gab an, dass er nicht wisse, ob ein Verfahren gegen die Verantwortlichen eingeleitet wurde, da die Familie von der Staatsanwaltschaft nicht darüber informiert worden sei. Seit fast einem Monat warte man darauf, dass Umut aus dem Koma erwacht, so der Vater. [ anfdeutsch ]


Von Polizei schwerverletztes Kind weiter in Lebensgefahr

Umut spielte vor seinem Elternhaus in Hezex, als ihn ein türkisches Polizeifahrzeug überfuhr.

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Der am 17. Dezember von der Polizei in Hezex (Idil) in der Provinz Şirnex (Şırnak) von einem Polizeifahrzeug angefahrene vierjährige Umut Ö. schwebt weiterhin in Lebensgefahr. Das Kleinkind wurde erneut ins künstliche Koma versetzt und wird maschinell beatmet. Nach Angaben der Familie liegen bei Umut schwere Leber- und Hirnschäden vor. [ anfdeutsch ]

Umut ist aus dem Koma erwacht

Der vierjährige Umut ist vor sechs Tagen in Hezex (Idil) in der Provinz Şirnex (Şırnak) von einem Zivilfahrzeug der Polizei angefahren und schwer verletzt worden. Heute hat er im Krankenhaus das erste Mal seine Augen geöffnet.

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Umut spielte vor seinem Elternhaus in Hezex, als ihn vor sechs Tagen ein türkisches Polizeifahrzeug überfuhr. Er wurde in einem Privatkrankenhaus in Êlih (Batman) operiert und ist heute aus dem Koma erwacht. Sein Gesundheitszustand habe sich stabilisiert, wurde aus dem Krankenhaus mitgeteilt. [ anfdeutsch ]


Türkische Polizei verletzt vierjähriges Kind schwer

In Idil in der Provinz Şirnex fuhr ein Zivilfahrzeug der Polizei den vierjährigen Jungen Umut Ö. an und verletzte ihn schwer. Er schwebt weiter in Lebensgefahr.

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In Nordkurdistan häufen sich die Fälle, dass Zivilist*innen durch Polizeifahrzeuge getötet oder schwer verletzt. In Idil in der Provinz Şirnex (Şırnak) fuhr ein Zivilfahrzeug der Polizei den vierjährigen Jungen Umut Ö. an und verletzte ihn schwer. Er befindet sich mittlerweile in einer Spezialklinik in Êlih (Batman) auf der Intensivstation. Er schwebt immer noch in Lebensgefahr. [ anfdeutsch ]

Roboski

Roboski, six years ago

On the night of 28 December 2011, Turkish Armed Forces‘ warplanes bombed an area on the border with Southern Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan). The bombs killed 34 mostly young men on their way back from the Iraqi border they had crossed for „Border Trade“.

On the night of 28 December 2011, Turkish Armed Forces‘ warplanes bombed an area on the border with Southern Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan). The bombs killed 34 mostly young men on their way back from the Iraqi border they had crossed for „Border Trade“ from the villages of Gülyazı (Bejuh) and Ortasu (Roboskî) in Şırnak’s (Şirnex) Uludere (Qileban) district.

The 34 victims were mostly belonging to the same families.

The villages of Roboskî and Bejuh were formed in 90’s, when scores of people who were driven away from their evacuated villages, settled here near their relatives after their own lands and villages were evacuated by security forces of the Turkish Republic State.

The Turkish state laid mines across the lands around villages, which claimed the life of five people and left more than 20 others cripple so far. It would be hard to estimate the number of animals killed in mine explosions.

What is called „trade border“, „caravan“, „boundary“ and what the state and its supporters call „smuggling“ is the only opportunity for the people there to earn their living. They do not call it „smuggling“ for the people here have never recognized the borders that relevant authorities imposed on them. They have been involved in „smuggling“ since the time of their grandfathers as they have always had families, relatives or fields in Iraq, on the „other side“ of the „border“. As a matter of fact, there is no physical border in question, at the borderline there is only a stone with number 15 carved on it.

On these „national“ lands, the remainder of an empire which expanded to three continents, people have been living social traumas beyond the empire’s habitat. People are living with the trauma of a history of big massacres from Armenian Genocide to Dersim Genocide, from events of 6-7 September to military coups, from Çorum and Mamak Massacres to Madımak Massacre, from the 28 February Massacre in the village of Zanqirt (Bilge) to that in the village of Roboski. That deplorable massacre which went down in history as „Roboski Massacre“ is a ring of this trauma chain.

In the evening of 28 December 2011, a group of people from the village went to do what they would normally do, „border trade“. They went as usual within the knowledge and sight of local military units which had already emptied all military sites in the region and smoothed the way for border traders one month before the massacre took place. According to Murat Karayılan, KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council President, the area where the bombardment was carried out, has never been used by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) since 1991 for the very smooth feature of the area.

On their way back from the border, the people in the group saw that soldiers had closed all three alternative ways to the village. They were subjected to a warning shot and artillery fire without being warned to stop. Ubeydullah Encü, father of 13 years-old Muhammed Encü who also lost his life that night, told that he had called the commander at the military post near the village and informed him that a group of people, including his child, was in the mentioned area. The commander told Encü that he knew about the people there and replied that they just fired a warning shot for intimidation. However, things didn‘t work that way and their children were targeted by the bombs of F-16 warplanes.

The villagers who rushed to the scene after the bombardment tell that 13 people were still alive and the bodies of others were still burning when they reached there. These people who on the way encountered soldiers returning from the region on order had to carry the wounded survivors with their own efforts as no officials went to the scene despite the fact that they had informed all authorities soon after the incident. Soldiers in the nearby military posts denied health care teams from Şırnak permission to go to the scene as the bodies of victims and the injured were being taken away from there. „We gathered the parts of their bodies and tried to take them to our village in the saddles of donkeys that survived the bombardment.“ All villagers who were there that day know that many of the wounded bled and/or freeze to death. 17 out of 34 victims were children aged under 18. Anyone who visits the village once can apparently see what sort of a trauma it has caused. The people in the village have been suffering from psychological depression since that day, six years ago.

This indisputably newsworthy tragic event was however not reported by the Turkish media for more than 12 hours, while some of the very few who wanted to report it were hindered by their directors. As state authorities started to make official statements on the massacre, the media resorted to euphemism and reported it under the title „incident near Iraqi border“. The debates in the following days didn‘t go beyond asking „whether the victims were smugglers or terrorists“ and „whether the incident was an accident, a negligence or a trap“.

The western side of Turkey’s society organized all night long new year celebrations three days later, as if there had been no massacre, while people in Roboski went through a sorrowful night after seeing the bodies of their beloved brothers and sons blown to pieces.

By extending thanks to the Chief of Defence and military command echelon for the „sensitivity they displayed“ after the massacre, the then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave the sign of the attitude the state would have from then on.

According to the testimony of villagers, the Turkish authorities who didn‘t allow ambulances and helicopters to go to the scene on the night of the massacre sent a team to the scene one day later and made it gather all remains (parts of people’s and donkey’s bodies) in the area and set them on fire, obfuscated the evidences in other words. The Prosecutor who described the massacre as a mistake and promised not to arrest anyone had a team investigate the crime scene with a helicopter from the air and wrote on the reports that „they saw nothing“ at the scene.

The process progressed so imprecisely that even the names and numbers of victims were wrongly recorded on autopsy reports and therefore on the reports of Human Rights Organizations that grounded their information on these reports. Following a series of reporting works in the village soon after the incident, establishments such as MAZLUMDER, Human Rights Association (IHD), Diyarbakır Bar Association, Confederation of Public Workers‘ Union (KESK) and Justice Platform for Brotherhood (KİAP) agreed that the incident was indeed a „massacre“.

That night, as Ferhat Encü, brother of one of the victims and an MP for HDP, puts it: „The state became a bomb and rained on us from the air, making our children and relatives totally shocked about what was going on. The state which spilt out death and left us alone with our dead relatives furthermore uttered threats after the massacre and tried to prevent us from burying the victims side by side“. [ ANF ]

Stories of Roboski victims

The pain is still fresh in Roboskî and the smiles are still partial. The walls with photographs of the deceased are decorated as if to complete the lives that are lacking.

On December 28, 2011, 34 people from Roboskî and Bujeh villages in Şırnak’s Uludere district, 28 of them from the same family, were murdered by the bombs from Turkish jet fighters.

At the sixth anniversary of the massacre, the perpetrators are still left in the dark. At a time when deaths are reduced to mere numbers, we in the ANF would like to remind everyone of the people who were murdered in Roboskî and their stories.

ŞERAFETTİN ENCÜ

Şerafettin Encü was born in the green valley that is the embrace between Beyaztepe and Mount Düğün on a summer’s day. He is the eldest in a family of 7 children. Şerafettin grew up in poverty, and was orphaned when he lost his mother when he was 12. He did so well in school that his teachers were proud of him. He had dreams beyond his years. He wanted to be a teacher with many many students, or a principal for a village school with a playground. He wanted to raise new life. He was young but his dreams were as big as his heart. Şerafettin was the proud son of a poor family. He left his childhood behind and started dealing in border trade with his father to take care of his six brothers. The story of 18 years old Şerafettin, born on a summer’s day, ended on a smuggling route on a winter’s day. The snow turned red with the blood of Şerafettin the Orphan, one teenager among 34 people.

ŞİRVAN ENCÜ

Second of nine siblings, the first boy, Şirvan Encü was 19 years old. He loved sleep, so he wasn’t all that into school. He dreamed of being a truck driver like his father. He was the apple of his father’s eye, and was told constantly that “driving a truck is taking on long distances, you can’t do it if you love sleeping. You have to give up on your sleep or driving.” Şirvan gave up both. One morning when his father wasn’t home, he pushed hard and convinced his mother to go on the border trade with his cousin Nevzat. Şirvan had a soulful voice, and sang klams (ballad) to his companions all the way through. He was one of the 34 people massacred in that night with the white earth and the black skies. His mother says, “I still hear his voice in my head”.

FADIL ENCÜ

Newly turned 20, Fadıl Encü was the eldest in a family of 8 children. He lived a life of poverty with his family, so he took on the border trade to maybe enable the dreams of his 7 siblings. When his father was in the army, the family went through a hard time when he fell ill. Just for that, every time he left for work, he somberly said farewell to his mother and his family. The villagers described him as very humble and genial. He still had the football jersey on him from the football match they held among friends before going out for trade. He took the road with his friends Celal and Serhat, as if going to a wedding. In the pitch black night, the colors of his jersey disappeared. His 20 year old young body was so deformed that his father walked across his body four times before he recognized him.

VEDAT ENCÜ

His family lived abroad for a long time, but returned to Roboskî eventually because they wer too homesick. His father loved Vedat Aydın so much that he named him after him. Vedat was 17 and his favorite topic in school was math, he held on to math because his mother tongue isn’t recognized in schools – you don’t need language to solve math problems. He thought of himself as the doctor character in Apê Musa’s Brina Reş novel. The son of a poor but proud family, Vedat wanted to be a doctor just like the character in the book. He would go on to be a great man, and take care of his mother and siblings so well. He was murdered along with 34 people in that fateful night.

ORHAN ENCÜ

He was the youngest in a big, poor and grieving family. 13 year old Orhan was a joker, a cheerful boy and the source of joy in the home. He was very smart, so he started school early. He always had good grades. Ten months earlier, he had lost his mother. Orhan wanted to be a computer engineer and started going on border trade with his brother Zeydan to buy a computer. He loved nature and animals and kept a few puppies in the front yard of their home. His dogs ran to the field of death alongside his father when the news broke in the dark night. He and his brother Zeydan were two out of the 34.

ŞİVAN ENCÜ

Şivan Encü was orphaned at a young age. He searched for his mother’s scent in dreams for years. And then three years earlier, he found out his mother was alive and came to Roboskî to be with his mother and siblings. Şivan became the eldest male in a family with 4 children. He supported his family for three years, working as a shepherd, a porter, a digger, or a smuggler – whatever he could find. One day he came home after working the full day as a shepherd for 15 liras, tired and his hands, nose and ears frostbitten. Before he could rest, his cousin Berdan came: “Come on!” They took to the smuggling path. On their way back, bombs bigger than them were dropped on them.

ZEYDAN ENCÜ

Zeydan was a child of a big and poor family. He was only able to study until high school. He did all he could so his brother Orhan could study. He was a porter, a field hand and a smuggler. As if smuggling and poverty are fate for that land, he never was able to let go of the mule’s leash. He looked tough, and had the softest heart. Shortly after he returned from the army, he lost his sick mom. He took the smuggling path that night so his brother Orhan wouldn’t have to delay his dream of a computer any longer. All he wanted that night was to take his brother back home safe and lie down next to the roaring hearth. But he couldn’t – both brothers died under the bombs.

ÖZCAN UYSAL

Özcan was 19 and he was a fan of Ahmet Kaya. He loved the herbed cheese, the smuggled tea and all soulful strans. His cousin was to get married after the smuggling, he was preparing for that in his last days. He never returned from the border. Everybody who knew him knew he wanted to get married.

OSMAN KAPLAN

Osman got married in 1999, and had 3 boys and 2 girls between ages 5 and 11. He started going to the border in 2002. Every time he went, his wife Pakize and his children waited up for him. His 5-year-old still thinks he’s out in Şırnak, buying some things for the house. Pakize wasn’t told what happened at first. But when people couldn’t identify the bodies, they called her and asked what kind of clothes and shoes Osman was wearing that day. That was how Osman’s wife and children learned he was dead.

NADİR ALMA

Nadir was the second child of a family with 13 children. Their life was also one of poverty. Nadir always had the seat of honor at the family table. He was shy and simple. His best friend’s name was Hikmet. The two carried all the weight of the family. The only thing they could do in Roboskî was to go out smuggling.

That night the mules were once more loaded with poverty and hope. Nadir had two brothers in the army and they had no money. He needed pocket money for them, and some supplies for the home. Then it would be time for him to get married, like his mother wanted for so long. Held up by poverty and fatigue, his body fell on the snow like so many shooting stars.

SALİH ENCÜ

Salih was born in a family of 7. He was barely 18, he went to border so his two brothers could go to school. His family was also poor, like the others. Salih’s father had stepped on a mine 14 years ago, which left him disabled. His father’s medical bills and the family’s living costs in general were all Salih’s responsibility.

He had followed his 37 friends. They marched toward the 38 bombs together. They were caught in the light his friends spoke of together.

“Everybody’s fathers were there, except for mine. That was one time in the parent-teacher meeting in the school. I had forgotten that day, just like this day. My father had one leg, he couldn’t come all that way.”

SEYİTHAN ENÇ

Seyithan Enç was born in 1990. He used to do very well in school. He had gone to Istanbul to work, but couldn’t stay there too long and returned to his village. He had a girlfriend in the next village. When her family pushed that he complete his military service before they can get married, he left for the army. Seyithan meant to get married when he came back, but there was no money and no chance. Now, all that’s left of him are some kind words, one photograph, broken dreams and a mother and siblings all with their heads down.

MUHAMMED ENCÜ

Muhammed was the eldest son and the brother of 13 people. His family was also poor like the others.

He dreamed of becoming a vet. He loved the animals his father kept, especially the mules because they looked like horses. His biggest dream was to get a horse.

He was heartbroken when animals in the village injured themselves, and he did everything he could to treat them. He wanted to be a vet for the animals in the village, because he was affected deeply when they died of diseases in the winter.

CİHAN ENCÜ

Cihan was one out of the six boys in a family of 7 children. He was murdered 3 days before his birthday. He used to love school, but had had to quit before highschool.

There was a tumor in his father’s brain and it was getting worse. Hospitals, doctors, tests, drugs… went on for 3 years, he was unable to get out of bed in the last year of his life.

Cihan turned 15 without a father. Then he lost his mother in a traffic accident. Cihan was left an orphan, with his brothers and sister. Cihan was left fatherless at 15, motherless at 18, and he was buried before he turned 20.

SELMAN ENCÜ

Selman was the youngest of six siblings. He was orphaned in the womb and his troubles started early. From the day he came into the world, he felt the loss of his father in his heart.

Surviving the ’90s meant either migrating from Roboskî or staying and becoming a village guard. Migration was a thousand-fold anguish. Even worse for a family without a father. So they couldn’t go. They became village guards.

Selman’s first daughter Esra was born with a mental disability. Around the same time his wife fell ill, she could barely walk.

He had built a home for the family, and he had some debts. What happens to people there who have debts happened to him too, soon he was taking off for the border.

A disabled mother with a child in her lap, two children with mental disabilities, and 11 year old Ersin were left out in the cold after Selman Encü was murdered.

Ersin was in the 4th grade. He quit school after the incident, he kept on running back home.

MEHMET ALİ TOSUN

Mehmet Ali was born in 1987 in Roboskî’s sister village Gülyazı. He was the second among 11 children. Eleven siblings means eleven times the hope: If you fall short, there are ten others to cover up for you. After highschool, he couldn’t continue. He took to the border route to look after his family. Then the fateful day came. Mehmet Ali spoke on the phone with his father that day, he himself wasn’t home. He followed Nevzat, Şervan and Osman into his last journey.

ERKAN ENCÜ

Erkan’s father was a village guard, he stepped on a mine and lost both of his eyes. Erkan was only at the 7th grade. He dreamt of becoming a doctor to fix his father’s eyes.

They had a football team, they named it Kartal (Eagle) Sports. Their jerseys were black, red and white, newly made. Erkan had the number 4.

The money his father made from the state wasn’t enough. He used to insist for permission to go smuggling.

That night was Erkan’s second time smuggling, along with two of his uncles. One of them, Hüsnü who passed away longing for his unborn baby. The other uncle was Savaş, they were the same age. His mother made him wear two pairs of gloves so his hands wouldn’t get cold.

SAVAŞ ENCÜ

Savaş was one of 11 orphans. He was only just realizing he had been born in a war zone, and had hoped maybe he could change his name, which means “war” in Turkish, after the fate of these lands changed.

The poverty that killed so many dreams didn’t let Savaş go either. He had to quit school in 2010.

His brother Vahit had bought him a pair of gloves that day, so he wouldn’t be cold. He put them on and took the road following the 34. It’s not easy to go for the border in winter, especially when it’s snowy and muddy.

KARKER ENCÜ

Karker was a shepherd, an apprentice and a smuggler. What he has in common with the others is poverty. He left the village to work, but being away was too much for him and he returned home. He couldn’t return from the border he left for either. We don’t know much about him. But the mourning he left behind is heavy.

SELAHATTİN ENCÜ

He was one of the last to be buried. His story is also filled with poverty and suffering. He didn’t even have a photograph.

NEVZAT ENCÜ

19 year old Nevzat and his father bore the weight of a household on their shoulders.

He had one more year in school, then he was hoping to get into a good department in a good university. He wanted to learn a good profession to provide his family with a good life.

The weight of poverty and misery falls early on shoulders. Among the 34, there were those who should have listened to a bedtime story and slept. Five of them were 13 year old boys.

MAHSUN ENCÜ

Mahsun was one of the people who made a living out of the border, which was defined by a single stone.

He was 17. His dreams were also cut short. He wanted to be a doctor because there were no doctors in the village clinic.

BİLAL ENCÜ

Bilal was the eldest of 7 siblings. He was 16. He carried the weight of the household. Bilal’s father was blind, so he was everything to the family. He also wanted to be a doctor, because the closest doctor was 60 km from the village. He loved football and he played very well. He liked watering the saplings he planted in his garden. He spoke to his trees. He told them all of his secrets. When he left, one sack on his mule was filled with poverty and the other with hope.

HÜSNÜ ENCÜ

Hüsnü was one of those who made a living out of the border. He was born in 1981 as the 4th child of a family of 11 children. He was killed together with his brother. He left behind a family he used to take care of and his incomplete story.

SERHAT ENCÜ

Serhat was the third child in his family. He quit school after one year in highschool and supported his brothers in university. His mother never slept whenever he left for the border and waited for him to return. He went that day with his best friend Celal. The two best friends never returned from that trip.

CELAL ENCÜ

Celal was 12 years old. He was the youngest in a poor family of 6. He had lost his mother 5 years earlier. Due to the economic circumstances of his family, he could only study until the 8th grade, and then he started dealing in border trade to take care of his family. He loved playing football.

HÜSEYİN ENCÜ

Hüseyin was born in 1991. He was the eldest child in the family. As he was older than his siblings, he started working alongside his father. Even though he worked, he managed to finish high school. He took on all the responsibility so his brothers wouldn’t have to go smuggling. The whole household stood up to wait for him when he left for the border.

CEMAL ENCÜ

Cemal was born on a cold night in 1994. He was 17 when he was murdered. They were poor, so he started smuggling when he was in high school. He looked after his family and covered his expenses for the school. He went to the border that day to pay his debts to the school’s cafeteria. His mother couldn’t walk too well, but she ran to the spot when she heard the bombs.

SALİH ÜREK

Salih was only 16. He was one of the 34 who fought for his life for five hours and lost, in the dark of the night and the cold winter of the mountains. He was a senior in high school. He wanted to go to a university. He knew he had to study hard to return to his village as a doctor.

YÜKSEL ÜREK

His father was in an accident and wasn’t able to work, so Yüksel had to quit high school in his first year. He had a family of 8. He went to the border, come hell or high water, to look after his family. He was young, like the others. And he was poor, like the others.

BEDRAN ENCÜ

Bedran was the eldest in a family with 9 children. He was 13. He was in the 8th grade. He wanted to be a lawyer, but he was also aware of his family’s poverty and so he started smuggling to cover his expenses. He was with his cousin Şivan that night.

His father found a torn 20 lira bill and a piece of cake in his pockets. He looked for his son’s legs for days, but couldn’t find them.

ADEM ANT

Adem was the eldest child in a family of 12. Like the others, he shouldered all the weight. His father had had operations in both his eyes so Adem had to go smuggling.

He was engaged. He was to move to Şırnak centrum when he got married. He was planning on saving up and having a wedding in the summer. He had been shot in another trip to the border and his fiancee had forbidden him to go again, but the poverty forced him to.

SELAM ENCÜ

Selam was the eldest in the family. He was introverted and shy. He had an associate’s degree in construction and was studying to continue to civil engineering. When he asked for money for the application, his father told him to “wait a little”, which is how people of Roboskî say they don’t have it. He started going to the border for the exam fee. He was murdered before he turned 23.

ASLAN ENCÜ

Aslan’s brother who used to go to the border before him stepped on a mine and lost a limb, so Aslan had to take care of the 10 siblings. He was to take care of his family and renew his brother’s worn out prosthetic leg. He loved partridges. He was always telling his mother to give them enough water.

HAMZA ENCÜ

Hamza’s common trait with the others was poverty. He had started early, and was 24 years old. He couldn’t go to school, but he was trying hard so his brothers could study. His family received only one of his arms and one leg. His mother got back 10 kilos from her big and strong Hamza. 70 kilos of his body were scattered in the Roboskî mountains. His mother says her prayers to the mountains now.

YILMAZ ENCÜ

Yılmaz was a deputy operator, the chief dancer in weddings, and the most handsome in the village. He was 36. He was from Roboskî. Same time, same place: Border Stone No.15, 21:40. That was the exact place fire rained down on the 34. If justice had been served, the second Roboskî massacre wouldn’t have happened.

VEDAT ENCÜ

Vedat was the second among 10 children in his family. It was his second year in high school. He was also very poor. He used to play football really well, and dreamed of becoming a doctor for the doctorless clinic in the village. He took offense at the empty building. He dreamed of becoming a doctor from Roboskî and both inspire children to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and he would help them.

6 of his close relatives were murdered in the same place, at the same time on December 28, 2011. His teachers brought a trophy and medal he was supposed to receive from school to his wake, they had thought to give them to him along with his report card. [ ANF ]

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The Roboski Massacre

36 years in prison for Kurdish children trapped in Sur

Children trapped in Sur where genocidal attacks continued for 104 days have been sentenced to a cumulative of 36 years in prison. Pieces of shrapnel removed from the children’s bodies were listed as “evidence”.

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The lawsuit filed against 11 children, 3 of them in pretrial detention, accusing them of “membership to a terrorist organization” has concluded. The children had been trapped during the genocidal attacks following the “curfew” declared on November 28, 2015 in Amed’s Sur district by the Turkish state and were rescued through the “life corridor” on March 3, 2016. The case was heard in Diyarbakır High Criminal Court for Minors, where arrestees Ö.S. and M.Ç. were present and F.Y. in Elazığ Type E Prison attended over the videoconferencing system SEGBİS. The prosecutor had asked for the arrested children’s release in the first hearing, but then in later hearings he asked for continued arrest.

The lawyers stated that the identification procedure on their clients was unlawful, and that the children and witnesses testified under duress and torture. The lawyers pointed out that the children’s battery and violence reports were present in the casefile. They stated that the gunshot and explosive residue found on the children’s clothes like Antimon, HDX and RDX was mere contamination from the environment due to the clashes and demanded expert witnesses be appointed by the court to ascertain that.

The children gave their defense via Kurdish interpreters and said they were trapped in Sur due to the clashes and they were not guilty, and demanded their release.

The court refused the lawyers’ appeal and announced the verdict. M.F.D., S.K., F.B., M.S.K and A.A., on trial without detention, received 2.5 years in prison each but the sentence was postponed, as the court took into consideration the facts that the children did not have criminal records and they were not likely to commit another crime. However, R.A., R.H. and Ş.A. accused of membership to a terrorist organization received 3 years and 4 months in prison each, and these sentences were not postponed. The court issued sentences of 4 years 5 months and 10 days in prison for the arrested children F.Y. and M.Ç., and 5 years 4 months for Ö.S.

The court issued a total of 36 years 8 months and 20 days in prison for the 11 children. There were no reductions in sentences due to the “negative behavior” expressed by the children in court, and the court ruled for the continuation of their arrest.

It also come to light that the children had been tortured by the police officers in detention. 16 year old F.Y. had been taken out of Sur wounded and was arrested following his operation, and the 5 pieces of shrapnel removed from his body were listed as evidence, as they had “traces of strong explosives HMX, RDX and TNT”.

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Kurdish brother and sister injured in explosion die

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Fatih Gunes (5) and his sister Havin Gunes (3) were injured in an explosion as they were playing in their garden in Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish district Nusaybin.

Two siblings who were injured after an object they were playing with in their garden exploded, have died.

5-year-old Fatih Gunes and his sister 3-year-old sister Havin were injured in the Abdulkadir Pasa Neighbourhood in Turkey’s Kurdish district Nusaybin on Thursday morning after an unidentified object exploded.

Both children were critically injured in the blast and taken to the local state hospital. While the younger child died on the same day, her brother passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.

The blast occurred in one of the neighbourhoods that was the scene of clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militia in 2015 and 2016.

The object is thought to have been left over from clashes in an area that was cleared by security forces.

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RESISTANCE IS LIFE

Official Trailer

EVLIN is an 8-year-old girl who escaped with her family from their village in Kobane, Syria in September 2014, fleeing the terror of the militant Islamic State (ISIS). She now lives in an overcrowded refugee camp on the edge of the Turkish-Syrian border, so close that you could still hear the explosions. Evlin joins the adults who pray and sing on the border, watching the smoke rise above their beloved Kobane.

Resistance is Life, or „Berxwedan Jiyane“ in Kurdish, is the motto of the spirit in which the people of Kobane persist through months of devastating attacks. Embodying that spirit, Evlin takes us on a journey that introduces the many different faces of this resistance and their heart-wrenching stories.

Her family tells us the story of their escape from terror. They are just a few of the thousands who crossed into Turkey to escape from an enemy that is notorious for enslaving women and beheading children.

In the face of such an assault on humanity, volunteers from across the globe have come to the Turkish-Syrian border to support the refugees and some even cross into Kobane to join the Kurdish guerrilla forces. The female fighters of Kobane become Evlin’s heroes as they bear arms in the name of women’s rights against the tyranny of ISIS.

The film documents the many faces of the resistance over the course of 8 months on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border and provides an inside look at the extraordinary spirit behind the first-ever victory against ISIS militants.


Evlin is one of the thousands of refugees from Kobane, Syria and this is how she experienced the war in the camps.

More: http://www.resistancemovie.com/

Zarokên Rojava / Children of Rojava

Turkish strikes kill two children from one family

The Turkish occupying forces killed two children from the same family in their strikes on the Manbij village Sebwêran on Tuesday night.

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Turkish warplanes struck the village Sebwêran in western Manbij, leading to the killing of six civilians and many civilian injuries in the region.

The two children from the Ehmed Reşid Bîş Elo family which were killed in the strikes include their son Şehîd and daughter Emîne.

The Turkish army began striking and shelling villages in western Manbij on Sunday. The Manbij Military Council (MMC) has responded to the attacks, called ‘cowardly’ by the council, whilst calling out to the international coalition to fulfill the promise of the protection of the region.

The MMC stated that the SDF/YPG forces would be deployed to the region after withdrawing from Manbij to join the Raqqa campaign in order to defend Manbij from Turkish attacks if attacks continued.

ANHA

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Pädagogisch wirksame Erziehung zum Faschisten der Zukunft.

Pädagogisch wirksame Erziehung zum Faschisten der Zukunft.

Erzieher/Lehrer der Kinder lässt türkische Kinder im Pausenhof mit waffenähnlichem Gerät im Militärschritt laufen und „Ich möchtet ein Märtyrer sein“-Parolen rufen (original:Sehit olmak istiyorum).

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Turkish teacher let students imitate military walk and speech like „i want to be a martyr“ (original: sehit olmak istiyorum).

Gesetzliche Nischen für Vergewaltiger?

Sexuelle Übergriffe an Minderjährigen sind strafbar – doch das will die türkische Regierungspartei mithilfe eines neuen Gesetzes ändern. Die Voraussetzung: Der Täter heiratet das Opfer. Die Kritik ist immens und noch scheitern die Pläne am Widerstand der Opposition.

Ein von der türkischen Regierungspartei angestrebtes Gesetz zur Strafverfolgung von sexueller Gewalt an Minderjährigen hat eine heftige Kontroverse ausgelöst. Der von der AKP im Parlament eingereichte Entwurf sieht vor, dass der Täter einer Strafe entgehen kann, wenn er das Opfer heiratet.

Aus Sicht der AKP dient das neue Gesetz aber nicht dazu, Missbrauch zu dulden, sondern als Schutz – auch für Minderjährige. Denn, so erklärte es Justizminister Bekir Bozdag, Straffreiheit soll nur gewährt werden, wenn der sexuelle Kontakt mit Zustimmung der Familien und der Minderjährigen selbst erfolgt sei oder wenn sich die Beteiligten der geltenden Rechtslage nicht bewusst gewesen seien. Zudem dürfe keine „Gewalt, Drohung oder jegliche andere Art von Zwang“ angewandt worden sein.


Justizminister: Kinderehen sind „Realität“

Der türkische Ministerpräsident Binali Yildirim sieht in dem Gesetz eine Chance, eine „ungerechte Situation zu bereinigen“. Er spielt damit auf sogenannte Kinderehen an. Diese, so fügte Bozdag hinzu, seien nun mal „Realität“. Wenn aus einer Ehe mit einer Minderjährigen ein Kind hervorgehe, müsse das der Arzt dem Staatsanwalt melden. Die Folge: Der Mann lande im Gefängnis und seine Familie gerate in Schwierigkeiten. Derzeit gebe es etwa 3000 solcher Ehen in der Türkei.

Doch mit dem Entwurf stieß die AKP bei der Opposition auf vehementen Widerstand. Tekin Bingöl, Vize der oppositionellen Republikanischen Volkspartei (CHP), sieht in ihm „den Versuch, Vergewaltiger zu begnadigen“ und „Kinderehen zu erleichtern“. Seine Partei weise den Vorstoß energisch zurück.

Yildirim hielt dagegen, dass die Vorwürfe der CHP „völlig falsche Beschuldigungen“ seien. Im Gegenteil habe die jetzige Regierung die Strafen für Vergewaltigung noch verschärft. Der sexuelle Missbrauch in der Ehe ist erst seit 2005 strafbar. Übergriffe konnten seitdem mit bis zu acht Jahren Haftstrafe geahndet werden. Seit 2014 wurde das maximale Strafmaß für Vergewaltigung in der Ehe auf bis zu 16 Jahre erhöht. Das neue Gesetz soll nach den Plänen der AKP für Taten gelten, die zwischen 2005 und dem 11. November 2016 verübt wurden.

Kritik von Menschenrechtlern: Keine Übergriffe ohne Zwang

Die Regierung will mit dem Gesetz eine Vorgabe des türkischen Verfassungsgerichts erfüllen. Das hatte im Juli ein Gesetz aufgehoben, das sexuelle Handlungen mit unter 15-Jährigen als sexuellen Missbrauch wertet. Es forderte das Parlament auf, binnen eines halben Jahres ein neues Gesetz auf den Weg zu bringen.

Doch nicht nur von der Opposition kam heftige Kritik an den Gesetzesplänen. Ruhat Sena Aksener von Amnesty International betonte: „Sexuelle Aggression ohne Zwang“ gebe es nicht. Und auch die Kinderrechtsorganisation Gündem Cocuk warf der AKP vor, sie betrachte die Ehe als Lösung für das Problem des sexuellen Missbrauchs.

Am kommenden Dienstag soll über den Entwurf in zweiter Lesung im Parlament abgestimmt werden.

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