Thousands of villages lost their names to Turkification
Guven Kuzu, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Siirt, a town in the Turkey’ Kurdistan, has announced the Turkish Democratization Package is an important first step towards solving some of the Turkey’s issues, especially returning the original names to those villages and places whose names have been changed from Kurdish and Turkish in the past.
Kuzu has said that in an interview with Rojeva Kurd, a local Kurdish online news portal of Turkey’s Kurdistan.
Kuzu says that due to the Turkification and Assimilation policies of the previous Turkish rule, the names of 12,211 villages a well as 28 thousand other places and areas have been changed from their original Kurdish names to Turkish names.
“Now and 80 years later, it would be a source of happiness for everybody, and in particular for the locals of these villages and areas,” said Kuzu. “This is why a vast majority of the local people of this area welcomes the democratization package and see it as a promising start for radical solution of the problems.