The Lost Child – Aşkım Tan

May 25 is recognized as “International Day of the Missing Children” in many parts of the world.
According to statistics, one child goes missing every two minutes in Europe.
This statistic is recorded every 40 seconds as a child in the United States.

Every May 25, International Missing Children’s Day, it is said how big the problem is, when child victims of crime are remembered, balloons are released into the air to support efforts to find missing children.

The main purpose of this special day is to define it in a way that makes everyone think about the children who are still missing and spreading hope.

International Day of the Missing Children was declared in 1983 by then US President Ronald Reagan.

The movement’s lights went out in 1979 with the disappearance of 6-year-old Ethan Patz, a resident of Soho neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York.
Ethan Patz left his home on the morning of May 25, 1979, to walk to the bus stop two blocks away to go to school, but he could not get on the school bus.
The story of the “missing” began to spread rapidly and everyone gathered in the country to find Ethan Patz.
The growing public interest led authorities to pay more attention to their work and hundreds of police officers were instructed to make search efforts.

Ethan’s father, Stan Patz, a professional photographer, began searching for his child with his photographs, and later, Ethan became the “first missing person” whose picture was printed on a milk carton.

Years passed and in 2001 little Ethan was officially registered as “dead” and the young man’s culprit or perpetrators were not found.

May 25, 2010 International Day of the Missing Children was recognized worldwide.
In Turkey, the first study on “missing children” began in 2011 through activities organized at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, quite late.
The reason for using the term “delayed” is that the “first missing case” in our country is based on a much older date than the “Ethan missing case” in the United States.
Many people living in Turkey in the late 1950’s and early 60’s remember the story of Little Ayla, who disappeared at the age of 6 and was never found again.
The “Lost Isla case” was “one of the first missing child cases on record”, probably the first, in modernized, crowded and transformative Turkey.
So much so that little Ayla, who went missing 61 years ago, has become a regular topic of media at regular intervals to this day.

The incident happened as follows;
On October 9, 1961, a young girl named Ayla Ozakar went to a grocery store about 100 meters from their home in Istanbul Bahchelivlar to buy biscuits.
The day he goes missing, he always walks on that small road!
After the event, Ozakar’s family life turned into a nightmare and even Yesilcom became the subject of the film.
The family has been searching for Ayla relentlessly for 40 years and promises to reward those who find it.
Almost all of Turkey has raised its head, with some citizens and some businessmen outside the family promising rewards.
Psychics were even brought from abroad in the hope of finding Aila!
The song ‘Nikhonj Aila’ and the song sung by Nesrin Sepahi were also in the information of this case.
Promises of a reward lead to false condemnation from across the country, leaving the family torn between hope and despair.

The “Ayla case” was the year when the bad ones were not yet so common and the loss of one child followed another.

Although the newspapers of the time carried Aila headlines year after year,
Forty years later, Ayla’s father, Selahatin Ozakar, decides to end his futile and painful search for his daughter, and Ayla builds a “symbolic” tomb.
Selahatin Ozakar hopes that the tomb, which he decided to build on the advice of doctors, will bring peace to both him and Ayla, whom he has confirmed is no longer alive.
Because, according to Selahattin Bay, her little Ayala, whom she saw in her dreams, is in agony because she was not buried.
As a result, Selahaddin Ozkara, who has not given up searching for his daughter for 56 years, was unwilling to find Ayla.

Thus the first child “probably” lost by Istanbul – Ayla – has become a symbol of missing children in Turkey.

These and similar incidents have caused a lasting disturbance in the social memory, frightening the families that our helpless children could be the victims of disaster at any moment.

2011 is a delayed process and 2017 is a process that is almost over in this sense.

According to the latest data from TUIK in 2017, it was announced that more than one million children have gone missing for various reasons; The study found that 1 out of every 10 missing children was not found alive.

According to TUIK forensic statistics, 104,531 children went missing between 2008 and 2016.

Again, according to TUIK statistics; In Gaziantep, in 2017, 691 families appealed to the police and Gendarmerie about the disappearance of their children.
According to the data, 258 boys under the age of 11 have been recorded as missing in the city.
For girls, 67 under the age of 11 have gone missing.
In Gaziantep, the total number of missing children aged 11-17 has reached 1,486, thus, a total of 1,811 children have been recorded as missing in Gaziantep.

Bekatas Circle, former president of the Gaziantep Bar Association, said in a speech that Syrian children had lost the most in the city and that the situation was significant.

On the other hand, it is reported that 55% of the cases of missing boys across Turkey occur in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri and Urfa provinces.

According to the data, between 2008 and 2016, Antalya had the highest number of missing girls, and in the last 9 years, 4,550 missing girls have been found by police or citizens and brought to safety units.

This is a serious issue that needs to be asked why TÜİK has stopped publishing information on missing children since 2017.

I ask:

  • How many of our missing children were found alive and how many bodies were found?

  • Why can’t the government of our country save the lives of our children and why can’t they stand by our children who are victims of violence and crime?

Although the number of abducted children in Turkey has tripled in the last 9 years, an average of 10,000 children go missing each year and 32 children a day!

“Children are not lost, we are losing them!”


  • The lifeless body of 4-year-old Laila Aydemir, who went missing in the village while on holiday in Agari with her family, has been found.

  • The lifeless body of 9-year-old Sedanur Guzel, who went missing in Kaziman district of Kars, was found 1 km from the village of Pasli, where he lived. “It’s certain he was killed,” said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Kars. It is covered with stones, “he said. One person was arrested earlier on charges of involvement in the incident.

  • Bilal Kupal, 44, father of 4-year-old Irmak, who went missing from Alashehir district of Manisa on October 14 and was found raped and murdered by scrap dealer Himet Akturk a few days later, killed his 27-year-old wife and 10-year-old daughter. It is said that Kupal later tried to commit suicide and his life was not in danger.

  • The murder suspect, SA, explained in his statement in court how he committed the brutal murder. Saying that little Gizem had a love affair with his older sister Gamz that they had severed ties with his family’s opposition and because of this he had a sense of revenge, SA said that he deceived the child by saying “we will do a job. Picnic”, Dr. He tied her hands and feet with tape and covered her face with the same tape, driving her to a rural area. He admits that after stabbing him, he poured gasoline on him and burned him while he was injured.

  • Ilul, who was last seen cycling on the street next to their home, did not return when his family went out to look for their children. Gendermary was informed of the situation as the search failed. Upon receiving the news many troops, AFAD team and a special team were sent to the village. After 7 days of hard work in the sky and on the ground, the lifeless body of Ilul was found. It was said that Ilul’s lifeless body was buried under an electric pole near Ringside neighborhood.

Many more did not forget his news!

Every child deserves a safe childhood and every citizen deserves to live in a country that is safe from power.

Note: Since the data shared above changes every day, every minute, I would like to remind you that these numbers are much higher.

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