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For those who do not know Turkey, or who distance themselves from these attacks, maybe this will open your eyes.

The bombing this evening occurred in the one of the most crowded parts of the centre of town, next to many bus stops with people waiting to go home, arriving for a night out, and sitting in the park relaxing and drinking tea.

Is is the equivalent of a bomb going off outside Debenhams on the Drapery in Northampton, or on New street in Birmingham, or Piccadilly Circus in London.

Can you imagine being there? Can you imagine the place you walk past every day, the bus stops you use, the roads you cross being obliterated.

Can you imagine the victims? The teenagers catching the bus to go home, the grandparents walking into town, the people waiting for a taxi after a long day laughing and socialising in the sun.

Now imagine they were english, and this attack was in England. If these people were instead the people you see every day on your way to work, people just like you and I, normal, happy people. Families, policemen, students, artists, couples. Your friends maybe. These people are no different. They just happen to be Turkish.

Contrary to what many people think, Turkey is not the Middle East. Ankara is not a war zone, it is a normal modern bustling city, just like any other European capital, and Kizilay is the absolute heart, the centre.

It is very easy to look at terror attacks that happen in London, in New York, in Paris and feel pain and sadness for those victims, so why is it not the same for Ankara? Is it because you just don’t realise that Ankara is no different from any of these cities? Is it because you think that Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country, like Syria, like Iraq, like countries that are in a state of civil war, so therefore it must be the same and because you don’t care about those ones, then why should you care about Turkey? If you don’t believe that these attacks in Ankara affect you, or you can’t feel the same pain you felt during the Paris or London attacks, then maybe you should stop to think why, why is it that you feel like that. Turkey is an amazing country with truly wonderful people.

You were Charlie, you were Paris. Will you be Ankara?

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(1) Comment

  1. Erkan Türka

    You’re mentally sick and you better pay a visit to psychiatrist quickly. Using your sick logic others can give an excuse for every terrorist attack that takes place on France if the attackers were from a previously colonized country by the French. Killing civilians is not acceptable from any side whether it’s the Turks or the Kurds.
    Some people around the world say that Turkish Government supports Isıs so they are not sorry for Ankara!! However, they are not even aware of the fact that it is all about governments and politics, not about us- innocent Civilians who die in Ankara, in İstanbul or in east! Have you ever heard that a policitican’s relative died by those attacks? I’ve never heard that. Guess why? Because we innocent people die, they earn! WE ARE NOT MIDDLE EAST COUNTRY, WE ARE NOT TERRORIST, WE ARE MODERN TURKISH “REPUBLIC” THAT MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK FOUNDED!
    I’m really upset by other nations who keep in silence and never speak up for Ankara!
    You’re not Ankara, but you were Paris once. When it comes to Human Rights, you love to show up and seem like defending people’s rights and life. What about all young people who was killed in Ankara? Is it all because we are muslim? To be considered as ” humanbeing”, and to be respected by you, What about all this we are equal bullshit?
    You know what? We are not equal. We would never ever keep in silence seeing that thousands of people die in somewhere of the world. I don’t give a shit to fucking any goverment, i am talking about us, civilians..
    I’m sorry to announce that but we all lost our humanity. May it rests in peace.

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