The story of those kids who would have been our friends if they hadn’t been murdered

Diyarbakir- Forgetting must be an extraordinary quality that life has given to a person. Remembering everything in every moment should not always be such a good thing. Maybe that’s why the phrase “memory is lost in human beings” was coined, who knows.
But some names, events and situations should not be forgotten. So that such incidents do not happen again.
“They would have been our friends if they hadn’t killed / violated children’s right to life in Kurdish province” is a report written for exactly this reason.

Yasemin Soydan, Medzan Nakçi, Xemgîn Yusuf Görücü wrote the report, which was prepared with the contribution of representatives of Truth, Justice, Memory Center and Heinrich Boll Stiftung Association Turkey. The title of the report is reminiscent of other reports on the subject. However, Ezgi Koman, who wrote the report’s Forward, distinguishes it from other reports and warns: They have not been killed for 40 years.

When you said ‘kids don’t eat’

Many lives have been lost, many dreams have been shattered, many have been deported and imprisoned in 40 years of conflict, and children have not escaped the effects of this conflict. It wasn’t possible, but the kids were sometimes deliberately targeted for saying “don’t hurt the kids, master” and shot him from the cage, leaving him in his backyard or dog to cut him off from their lives. . Some of these received public response, others were forgotten from day one. “Don’t bother the kids, master” did not always respond. In the midst of the reality of the so-called “environment of conflict” it was a romantic appeal, if not a futile effort.
To ensure their rights, it should be noted: Both the Diyarbakir branch of the human rights organization (İHD) Diyarbakir and the Diyarbakir Bar Association issue alert and regular reports on the violation of children’s right to life in the provinces of the region. However, these reports are soon forgotten after being shared with the public. Violations in the report sometimes remain as numbers in the memory. Because the minds of those who do not study this subject are preoccupied with the same kind of rights violations that have happened one after another throughout the year.
However, the names of children deprived of their right to life, their families, their preferred colors, their preferred suits and the jobs they were skilled at. When we call the names of children deprived of their right to life into our memory, they bring all these features, not numbers.

Promises are made to the reader

“They would have been our friends if they hadn’t been killed,” the report said, citing Caesar (Semile) Chagariga, Nihat Kazanhan, Roserin Dog, Gurbet (Jejal) Kilik, Jejal (Ghazal) Beru and Besir by their names so they would not forget.
The name of the report is derived from the fact that the age of the writers is equal to that of the deceased. The names of his colleagues who lost their lives are mentioned in their childhood memories. These shared memories led writers to learn and write stories from their colleagues. For this, they went to Caesar and met Caesar (Semily) and Nihat’s family. They saw the streets where they played, their clothes, their photos, and finally their friends at the cemetery.
The authors quote the following words, which they received from CG’s father and Nihat’s mother, anyone will read the report … We got up and thought of the freezer for the funeral, so that it would not smell and spoil. We left CGR in the freezer at home. “
Nihat’s mother: “Cheek was born shortly after Nihat’s death. She has a somewhat slender, graceful body. Relatives always said he drank şîrê kehrê (blood milk). “

A frame from Rosarin’s lens …

I said in 2016, “I forgot to sleep at Rosarin’s house.” Rosarin was drawing, attending photography workshops, writing about the environment, reciting poems by Nazim Hikmet at school events. I was a journalist, all this, my parents showed me with their hardships and sleepless nights. This time, they showed their friends that Rosarin would have been the same age if he had survived, something that Rosarin had packed into her short life.
Gurbet (Selma) Kilik was hit when they raided their home. He died in front of the whole family. Gurbet’s mother: “The police and soldiers are preventing her father from going to Gurbet. My daughter and her father mourn for each other saying ‘O Jurbit O Babu’ … My daughter was injured and fell to the ground. Many police and soldiers in the hands of his father. I still remember their mutual air (crying) … “

The story of Jejal and Bashir

Jejal Beru was only 11 years old when he died in a police dog attack. The author of the report could not reach anyone in the family. They told the story of Jejal using information from internet platforms about the event. They said: “He came back to retrieve his knife, which he had lost at the police station when he went to collect weeds with his friends. And in the meantime, he was killed for provoking the dogs at the Gendarmerie station. “
According to the authors, Leslie Besser’s death was not even recorded. The shoes of the village where the mine exploded and the memories of the children of the village built on those shoes. The author talks to a young man from the village of Besir, who did not want to be named, about the childhood memories of Besir’s murder.


The authors of the report focus on their friend’s story. They also examine subsequent processes. The information given about the court process is as tragic as the children’s story. Some cases have been closed immediately, some are still ongoing, and the authors emphasize the “principle of impunity” based on the court’s attitude.
I would like to leave the last word to the authors of the report, Yasmeen Soedan, Medjan Naki and Jemgin Yusuf Gorku:
“The youth who came out of our childhood can be shot like our friends, the scraps of war that we think are toys can explode in our hands, we can be the target of bombs dropped from warplanes, we can move on. Mines while grazing our animals, targets of armored vehicles while we sleep in our homes, targets of bombs dropped from tanks, law enforcement and can provoke us. We could be the target of attacking dogs, we could be the target of gas bombs, we could be shot at home raids in the morning, we could be left with weapons larger than our size, we could even be burned to death. Our basement! But we are alive, albeit coincidentally, and today we are responsible for all our friends who were killed! Creating a ‘memory’ against degrading normalization, raising ‘social awareness’, demanding an end to impunity for violations of children’s right to life in the Kurdish province, and ‘never again!’ So it’s our immediate responsibility … “

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