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TOMBS THAT OVERLOOK TURKEY FROM THE ISLAND OF CHIOS

They were unjustly imprisoned, they lost their jobs, and their passports were confiscated. They had no choice but to flee from their native land. Their boat capsized ahead of Chios. The waters of the Aegean took away a 4-month-old baby, 4 children, and two adults… 

HE WAS TORTURED TO DEATH IN CUSTODY

He was just a teacher. The police arrested him after the July 15 mania. He could not bear heavy torture and pressure. Though he was diabetic, his medications were not given. In the morning hours of August 5, 2016, as a result of a heart attack he had while he was in police custody, he died.  

RIVER EVROS TOOK AWAY A MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN

The Akçabay family’s story is one of the symbols of fleeing from the persecution in Turkey. A mother and 3 children lost their lives after their boat capsized in the river Evros. No one from the family could survive except for the father, Murat AKÇABAY… 

PROSTHETIC LEGS THAT CROSSED BORDERS

First, her parents who were teachers were fired. Then, their house was raided by the police. Disabled Zeynep was left obliged to flee from the country through the river Evros with her family; and to walk 12 kilometers with her prosthetic legs… 

A LIFE THAT WAS DESTROYED IN THE PATH OF FREEDOM: ESMA ULUDAĞ

Esma Uludağ was a mother, a civil servant, and a successful teacher. Because of her love for learning, she finished three universities. After July 15, she had to cross the river Evros with her children. While waiting for family reunification in Athens, she died as a result of a brain hemorrhage. 

A TEACHER WHO DIED BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT PROVIDED WITH HER MEDICATION: HALİME GÜLSU

Halime Gülsu was an English teacher. She was arrested in Mersin with the charges of helping the lonely children whose parents were detained. She fell into a coma because she was deprived of her medication, and she died… 

AN ALL FAMILY TALE OF PERSECUTION: ÖZCERİT FAMILY

Associate Professor Ahmet Özcerit was dismissed from his job with the decree-law after July 15. He was arrested on August 6. Özcerit, who had not been treated for a year despite his never-ending abdominal pain in prison, was finally diagnosed with bowel cancer. The cancer spread to all his organs. He was then hustled off the prison, but it was too late… 

TENKIL

The Turkish word ‘Tenkil’ we prefer to use for this case means in dictionaries, ‘to annihilate an enemy or people seen as a threat,’ ‘to inflict a punishment that would deter others’, or ‘forced exile or migration’. It is a word that can be used interchangeably with the word genocide.

TENKIL Museum EXHIBITION 

BRUSSELS – EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
BELGIUM –
LIMBURG
GERMANY –
KASSEL

TENKIL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Last letters of an academician who was dragged to death in prison.

 

Medicines of Halime Gülsu who died in prison due to deprivation of medication.

Eyeglasses of Gökhan Açıkkollu that were broken when being tortured in custody.

Prosthetic legs of disabled Zeynep that crossed borders.

Belongings of the victims who died on the shore of the Island of Chios.

Exhibited collection of the Tenkil Museum

THE 8 STAGES OF GENOCIDE

Classification Stage

  1. People are divided as « us and them ». Traitors and patriots. This stage was completed 8 years ago.

Symbolization Stage

  1. The group considered as an enemy is defined by hate expressions: Assassin, traitor, Fetö… This stage was completed 8 years ago.

Dehumanization Stage

One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects, or diseases. This stage was completed 8 years ago.

Organization Stage

Genocide is always organized. Special army units or militias are often trained and armed… For Turkey, a gang within the government uses the procedure of systematic abduction and torture.

Polarization Stage

Continuous propaganda is carried out to polarize the public. The nation gets divided into groups through expressions such as Alevi, Sunni, Kurdish, Armenian, Gezi supporter, Traitor, Gulenist, etc. The expressions used by the ruling government for years completely polarized the people of the nation.

Preparation Stage

Victims are identified and separated because of their ethnic or religious identity. For this stage, with the support of the Turkish intelligence (MIT), information and blacklists about ByLock downloaders, union members, newspaper and magazine subscribers, Bank Asya depositors, and private school admissions were prepared.

Extermination Stage

The killers see this as an ‘extermination’ because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. This phase started individually. Torture was brought back to life. Thousands of people faced torture while in custody or prison.

Denial Stage

The government’s illegal orders dismissed more than 150 thousand people from their jobs. Nearly 170 thousand people were detained and 90 thousand people were imprisoned. Around 200 media outlets were shut down, and more than 300 journalists and media workers were imprisoned.

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