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These girls were living on the outskirts of Van, a major city in eastern Turkey, not far from the border of Iran. I met them in the summer of 1971 as I was walking to an ancient castle and the ruins of the old city of Van, completely destroyed during World War 1.

This is an excerpt from my diary from that journey 41 years ago:
"The road towards the castle was lined with trees and surrounded by fertile meadows. There were many small cottages, their walls plastered with mud and often featuring nicely carved wood around the doors and windows and under the roofs. Lots of kids were running behind me all the time, asking for money, but they didn't really bother me. I took a picture of some small Kurdish girls and soon after that an old man offered me a ride on his horse-cart".

The city of Van surprised me in 1971 by being so relatively much more modern than other towns and cities in the southeastern part of Turkey. From what I can see from recently taken photos Van has grown incredibly much and changed totally beyond recognition.

As always, when I see my old pictures of children, I can only hope that life hasn't been too hard on these obviously very poor girls.

I have scanned this from a slide, probably an Agfacolor CT18.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3460 W: 298 N: 7381] (38697)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1971-07-29
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-11-17 5:14
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