On April 14, 2018 Set Them Free organized a photo exhibition “What if You Were in My Shoes”, in Atlanta Central Library with the partnership with the Atlantic Institute. The exhibition, whose art director is Emin Demiral, aims to raise awareness on the tragic forced-migration stories from Turkey. More than 50 photos, of which the background stories are written by formerly detained women, are displayed along with an introductory video.
Hafsa Yildiz, Set Them Free Atlanta Coordinator, stated that “Besides the 9,700 women, who are arbitrarily detained, the current situation reveals a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses against innocent children in Turkey and abroad.” Yildiz also added that “Hundreds of women, allegedly linked to the failed coup attempt, suffer from disproportionate discrimination, in particular for the equal access to political participation, health, education, employment and justice, both in law and practice.” Ms. Yildiz ended her speech with a call to take an action for the most vulnerable victims of the aforesaid persecution.
Dr. Katy Reaves, a visitor to the exhibition, wrote “I would like to say something about a photo here which I will never forget. It was horrible. A woman just gives birth, she has a low blood pressure but the police ignores all these and takes her to the jail separating her from the baby. Could you imagine that? It is very tragic.”
The exhibition will take place in some other venues around Europe as well as the United States in the following days.