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Kyrgyzstan marks anniversary of deportation of Ahiska Turks

On the 77th anniversary of the deportation of Ahiska Turks, an event was held in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, in memory of victims of forced resettlement.

The event, organized by the Association of Ahiska Turks of Kyrgyzstan, was attended by the Ambassador of Turkey to Bishkek Ahmet Sadyk Dogan, diplomatic mission officials, representatives of Turkish structures, scientists, representatives of civil society and local authorities, representatives of the Assembly of the Peoples of Kyrgyzstan, eyewitnesses to the deportation, and numerous guests.

In his speech at the event, Ambassador Dogan noted that throughout history, the Turkic peoples have suffered considerable suffering.

“Kyrgyzstan is your homeland. But do not forget that you have a second homeland – the Republic of Turkey, ”the diplomat said.

The head of the Assembly of the Peoples of Kyrgyzstan Zukhra Shidakova, speaking about the eviction of the Ahiska Turks from their native lands, noted that innocent Muslims were deported.

Shidakova expressed regret over the fact that today there is neither state nor people who could be held accountable for the deportation of the Ahiska Turks.

“Exactly 77 years ago our people were exiled from Akhisk to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Today Ahiska Turks are scattered across 9 countries of the world. Our people have gone through very difficult days. In spite of everything, we firmly stand on our own feet, “- said, in turn, the head of the Association of Ahiska Turks of Kyrgyzstan Begzada Aliyev.

A documentary film about the deportation of Ahiska Turks was also shown at the event.

On November 14, 1944, the Ahiska Turks living in the regions of Akhisk, Aspinza, Akhylkelek and Bogdanovka in the territory of modern Georgia were deported to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Thousands of Ahiska Turks were loaded onto railroad cars and deported to Central Asia. About 17 thousand Ahiska Turks died on the way from hunger, cold and disease.

Between 1944 and 1956, the deported Ahiska Turks lived under increased supervision and were forbidden to leave their areas of residence.

After the collapse of the USSR, it became known from the archives that the deportation of the Ahiska Turks became part of the policy of clearing the Black Sea region of ethnic Turks.

. . .(HAS).