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.
“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.”