Justin Vela

The grave of a PKK commander killed fighting Turkish soldiers in Turkey’s Tunceli province. Diyarbakir. June 30, 2011…

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The grave of a PKK commander killed fighting Turkish soldiers in Turkey's Tunceli province. Both his real name and his PKK code-name are on the headstone. Diyarbakir. June 30, 2011.

Diyarbakir- Yesterday morning, I arrived in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s majority Kurdish southeast.

The day was spent doing a series of interviews and in the evening I drove to the outskirts of the city, where several PKK fighters killed in the past three months by the Turkish military were buried. The night before Friday prayers, a number of families were at the graves. Some planted flowers. Others prayed. Others sat in the dirt next the graves and wept.

The families alleged that several of the fighters had been killed or incapacitated by a chemical weapon and their bodies mutilated.

As the light faded three fighter-jets roared overhead, flying low.

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Written by Justin Vela

July 1, 2011 at 5:14 am

Posted in turkey

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