Germany: New Generation Diaspora


One of the things that those who manage to go from Turkey hear most is the sentence “You’ve left and saved yourself, good for you.” Do the departers truly live in a euphoria of victory with a fundamental sense of salvation?

The fact that the common ground of the individuals we interviewed eventually came to Gezi Park protests and their aftermath led us to name this new diaspora the “Gezi Diaspora.”

Two part multi-media file including a long article, detailed statistics and a short documentary published in Turkish, Kurdish and English by me and my colleague Volkan Agir.

* The “Unemployed Journalists Chasing News” project is being realized with the financial support of Matra-Human Rights Program of Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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CNNi: ISIS leadership involved in Istanbul attack planning, Turkish source says

I contributed to this report as freelance journalist.
“The terrorists rented an apartment in the Fatih district of Istanbul, where one of the attackers left behind his passport, the Turkish government source said.
The attack was “extremely well planned with ISIS leadership involved,” the source said.
Turkish police visited the Fatih area and showed neighbors video and photographs of three men they say are believed to have carried out the attack, residents said.”

TIME: Alan Kurdi’s Story: Behind The Most Heartbreaking Photo of 2015

Contributed to this video story as freelance line producer and reporter.

“In the early hours of Sept. 2, the family crowded onto a small inflatable boat on the beach of Bodrum, Turkey. A few minutes into the journey to Greece, the dinghy capsized. Alan, his older brother Ghalib and his mother Rihanna all drowned, joining the more than 3,600 other refugees who died in the eastern Mediterranean this year.”

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CNN Exclusive: Syrian refugees swarm Turkish port city hoping to catch boats to new lives

Contributed to this report as Video-Journalist.

“On a secluded beach on the Turkish coast, men stand knee-deep in shallow water, loading a group of about 30 people into a black, inflated pontoon boat. The passengers — refugees and migrants bound for the Greek island of Lesbos — cram in, wearing lifejackets or inner tubes around their necks, a sign of the potential dangers ahead.”

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HARPER’S Magazine: What the Camera Saw: Investigating a Turkish protester’s death

Contributed to that report as a fixer.

“A few months earlier, a young protester named Abdullah Cömert had died on Gündüz Street after allegedly being struck by a tear-gas canister — the second Gezi fatality nationwide. Shortly after midnight, on September 10, in the faint red glow recorded by the camera, a twenty-two-year-old named Ahmet Atakan became the sixth. How Atakan died — whether hit by a tear-gas canister or after falling from a building — was a matter of controversy.”

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CNN International:Demonstration in Istanbul after death of young protester

Contributed to this report as Journalist.

The death of a young protester in southeastern Turkey prompted thousands to turn out in Istanbul on Saturday, in what was a mostly peaceful demonstration.

The 18-year-old man was killed and at least nine others were wounded Friday while protesting the construction of a new security outpost near the city of Diyarbakir.