Photographer's Note

Hello everybody
This shall be a gift for my beloved homeland Turkey

It is a picture my sister made for Turkey and for all Kurds. She made it 10 years before, on the first year she was in Switzerland. Her name is Berîvan, but we had to change her name when she got her passport with 13 years (Kurdish children normally didn`t have passports because the families were too poor to get one. Normally Kurdish families didn`t have enough money to get an official marriage at all; they were married, but not on paper. My parents were "married on paper" 11 years before thus we could come to Switzerland as an "official family").
My sister was a 14 yrs old teenager when she painted this picture. She was very sad to leave her firends, her village, her homeland...and the worst thing she were sad about was....
...that she lost her real name and that they gave her a Turkish name instead (Perihan) because Kurdish names like Berîvan were forbidden. She was a child yet and couldn`t really understand what was wrong about her name. It was hard for her to accept, I think...
With this story I just want to show that Turkey has changed in a very positive way. Kurdish names aren`t forbidden anymore, and Kurdish language, either. I am glad about that.
And I think that the only thing Turkey needs is Peace; Peace for its people. That was what my sister realized 10 years before when she painted this picture. She had learnt about the bad relationship between Turkey and Kurds. She just wanted peace.

Note: the colours of Kurdish region`s symbol under the pigeon are meant to be the traditional colours of Kurds (they have no relationship to any organization).
I hope you like this picture too because I like it and it is on the wall of my room. It is a gift of my sister Berîvan, who got back her Kurdish name last year.

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