Mass Graves Continue to Be Uncovered in Eastern Turkey

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DIYARBAKIR (Radikal)–The recent discovery of human bones in the Mutki district of Bitlis province has brought renewed attention to mass graves in eastern Turkey, where unsolved murders of Kurds have created a “mystical” culture around the deaths.

Local residents tell supernatural stories about ghosts and the bodies of relatives who went missing in the region years ago and have never been found. Some are believed to have been killed after being detained by security forces, while other unidentified mass graves are thought to hold the remains of murdered members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Human Rights Association (IHD) has been collecting information about places where mass graves might be located. One such tip came from Ahmet Muslum Sadioglu, the voluntary imam of the Baskale district of Van province. His father, mother, brother, uncle, aunt and cousin went missing while herding their livestock in 1994. Sadioglu, who was doing his military service at the time, was later informed by soldiers that the family had been killed by members of the PKK on Ciringiz Mountain.

“[Your family members] did not become village guards. Look what happened to them,” Sadioglu said the soldier told him. When he asked for the bodies of his relatives, he was detained and kept in custody for three days.

Background on the story can be read here.


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  1. andrew said:

    killings continue from one race to the nextits in turns.and the world is sleeping thinking turks are fantastic race

  2. Bob said:

    The world is slowly opening its eyes.
    First they find something recent.. and then, something historical… and last but not least, “Wow, theses bones match to be 100 years old corpses with the carbon14-method, and dna tests say they belong to living decents of people who used to live on these grounds, and still have papers of it.”
    Coinsidence? Not really, just the story Armenians have told all the time during the last 80 years.
    Turks in denial.. KABAAM!! Truth hits you straight in the face! Even the jews wont deny it!