The Country that We Devoted our Lives
I never knew I had such strong ties to this world. Leaving my home was deeply painful. Even more hurtful, my country was now closing the doors to us.
Escaping from Hell
I had thought myself to be a strong person, a human rights defender... But the accusation of terrorism and the treatment we had under custody was so heavy that I could not remain calm, or say the words I wanted to say.
My Mom’s Heart is Too Weak For Prison
When I heard that my parents were taken into custody, I thought “there must be a mistake". Even my 4-year-old brother was questioned by the police in a room separate from my parents.
Cost of the Purge: A Drowned Family in Aegean Sea
The Greek Coast guards in the Mytilene Island found a drowned Maden family, a tragic summary of the mass persecution towards Hizmet Movement members.
Blessed to Live, Hurt to Leave My Life Behind
God! Why now? I needed to be able to walk more than ever. The pain in my feet amplified the sorrow in my heart...
I Became a Terrorist Just in One Night
I was a teacher like any one of the thousands who are serving their time with the rest of the inmates in jails nowadays.