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Bu Asla Veda Değil / Not a farewell at all

Inonu Stadium is opened on November 27th in 1947 with the Besiktas-AIK Solna (Sweden) match. It was called Inonu Stadium till Democratic Party changed its name to Mithatpasa Stadium in 1952. It was memorialized as Dolmabahce Stadium for a while and became Inonu Stadium again in 1973. It was home to Besiktas Gymnastics Club since its opening. The Times newspaper indicated Inonu Stadium as the fourth among 10 Stadiums with the most beautiful scenery. Council of Monuments approved the renovation project of the stadium in May 2013. Besiktas-Genclerbirligi match played on 11 May 2013 was the l...

Hasankeyf, History Displaced
Story by Mehmet Kacmaz

It is not known exactly when and by whom Hasankeyf was founded. However, thousands of caves in and around the city are showing that people must have settled here ages ago. Hasankeyf's cultural assets from the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, Persians, Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids, Hamdanids, Artuqids, Marwanids, Seljuks, Ayyubids, Mongols, Ottomans and Turks reflect a historical heritage of 12 thousand years. The Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant is a part of the Southeastern Anatolian Project (GAP) initiated in the 1960s. The Ilisu Project, which covers the prov... Hasankeyf

Beqvan Frog Catchers
Story by Lezgin Kani

Each year from February on, frog catchers come in groups to Diyarbakir and the surrounding area from Adana to catch frogs. First, they rent a warehouse to stay and then they start working as darkness falls, and keep catching frogs until the first light of the morning. They send live frogs to fish factories in Adana every two days to be processed there. After processing frogs are being sent abroad. They usually catch frogs in the Tigris River and in the irrigation channels across Hevsel gardens. When frog prices fall as the weather gets warmer, frog catchers return to Adana to find work as seas... Hevsel

ARAF - BUFFER ZONE
Story by Lezgin Kani

Attacks by Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) on Kobane canton were lunched firstly in Kobane villages on 15 September 2014. During the war a large group, mostly the villagers, maintained their lives on the buffer zone of Kobane-Turkey borderline near the west of Kobane. As the group has children who fight in YPG and YPJ against ISIS, they refused to leave Kobane and stayed in their vechile in this area. Kobane

Bazaar of Anatolia
Story by Tolga Sezgin

Bazaars are the identities of their cities. Today most of the bazaars of Anatolia don’t have their old spirit but they are still standing against the big shopping malls which spread out all over Anatolia. Özcan Yurdalan and Tolga Sezgin have travelled to Antakya, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kahramanmaraş, Bursa, Çanakkale, Kayseri, İstanbul, Gaziantep, Mardin, İzmir, Edirne, Şanlıurfa, Beypazarı and Trabzon to write and photograph the old traditional bazaars for the book “Bazaars of Anatolia”. Bursa

Armenians of Istanbul
Story by Mehmet Kacmaz

There are more than 70.000 Armenian in Turkey and most of them are living in Istanbul. That means they are the major non-Muslim minority of Turkey. The transition from Ottoman Empire that has different ethnicities to Modern Turkish Republic was the beginning of a painful period for Armenians as for other minorities in Anatolia. Especially the forced emigration in 1915 that is called “Medz Yegern – Great Disaster” by Armenian people, even if the number is still discussed, caused death of many people. In 1942 the application of the Wealth Tax Law was an oppressive load for minorities and the att... Samatya

African Immigrants in Turkey
Story by Saner Sen

Nobody has an idea about how many they are. Some leave the motherland because their life is insecure, some because they can not see their future clear in there. The only dream is running away to one of the European countries and build up new life in a whole new world which they do not know. One of the most assertive blockage on their way is Turkey. It is not allowed to settle down in here because of the drawback articles which Turkey placed in international aggreements. Working legally is impossible. They have to have luck and work hard to gather the money for the rest of their journey. Someti... Istanbul


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