Re­turn­ing home af­ter 20 years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

and the vil­lagers dis­placed to ei­ther west of the Tur­key or to the big cities.

Af­ter 20 years, the big­gest cam­paign of vil­lagers’ re­turn to their home vil­lages started on June 6. A huge num­ber of peo­ple who used to live in the vil­lages of Der­sim prov­ince, re­turned to their birth places.

The cam­paign comes af­ter ini­ti­at­ing the peace process be­tween Tur­key and PKK aim­ing to solve Kur­dish is­sues in the last months. Un­like be­fore, cur­rently the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment is fa­cil­i­tat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing with those who want to re­turn to their ori­gin vil­lages.

The peace talks be­gan gin­gerly Oc­to­ber, 2012, the first time a Turk­ish prime min­is­ter had openly en­gaged in di­a­logue with Ocalan, deemed the state's enemy No 1 by many Turks. And the cease­fire an­nounce­ment was the big­gest de­vel­op­ment yet. As part of the process, a cou­ple o f hun­dreds of PKK fighter with­drew from the Turk­ish lands. It is ex­pected that all of the PKK's es­ti­mated 3,500 fight­ers based in Tur­key will with­draw within five months.

The cease­fire and the with­drawal of PKK fight- ers are the most crit­i­cal moves yet in the peace talks. If they suc­ceed, a set­tle­ment would end a bloody con­flict that has cost more than 40,000 lives seen thou­sands jailed and tor­tured, and dis­placed mil­lions of Kurds from their homes.

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