Batman Yezidis want to return
Given the progress of the peace process in Turkey, a number of Kurdish villagers have begun to return to their ancestral homes.
The Yezidi citizens of Batman have also submitted a request to the Turkish government to return to their homes, which they were forced to leave in the early 1990s for security reasons.
The state-owned TRT TV Channel reported that the Yezidi villagers have begun their efforts to return to their villages, but that the area’s current residents are objecting to their return.
After the Yezidis were forced out of their homes, other local residents occu- pied their villages and are now refusing to move out.
The Mezlumder Association, an NGO, has started some activities to support the Yezidis’ struggle to return to their homeland.