Thou­sands of vil­lages lost their names to Turk­i­fi­ca­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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