Serefine Turkiye…

You people… You dear Turkish people who have been on the streets for the past month…

You made us fall in love with our country again and again.

You gave us sleepless nights across the oceans. We were not there with you in person but we were there with all our hearts and minds. We have not been able to sleep through the night more than a couple hours straight. We feel guilty for sleeping here while you are on the streets there. We jump out of the bed in the middle of the night, checking “just one more time to see what is happening”. Getting frustrated with broken live stream connections. We have been glued to our Facebook accounts, Twitter feeds, all online media we can find and have screamed here to spread the injustice and violence you have been facing on the streets.

You made us laugh in grim moments of the protests with your never ending humor.

You made us cry when we read about how you helped the injured, the homeless kids, stray dogs, and each other. And when you died in the name of democratic and free Turkiye.

Made us proud when  people from all walks of life, from the very young ones to the grandparents, came to the streets, holding nothing but each other’s hand. Standing strong against the cruel, brutal force that the government applied against its own citizens. We were so moved to see that no matter how much violence you came across, you made sure you did not respond the same way.

They threw tear gas at you and you gave them carnations.

No amount of tear gas, no  amount of chemical water,and no amount of pressure were enough to keep you at home and silence you.

Your resilience, your planted feet on the ground, your arm high up in the air chanting for democracy and freedom fueled the anger of the ruling party leader and members like a match thrown into a haystack. They just could not understand how all of a sudden, the whole country could become “one”! After they worked so hard to categorize us into “Turks”, “Muslims”, “Alevis”, “Kurds”, “Them” vs “Us”.

They arrested our doctors, lawyers, young kids, old uncles, our aunts, and mothers. We did not give in. We have been coming back day after day. We know that nothing of value is gained so easy.

I wish I could be there, throwing my arm high up in the air and singing the songs with you.

But now, Everywhere is Turkiye.

Serefine Turkiye!





  1. by Char
    9:04 pm
    Jun 23, 2013

    Cok guzel – such a big heart you have!!

  2. by beth pollhammer
    12:19 am
    Jun 24, 2013

    my heart hurts with you my friend. I have fallen in love with Turkey thru your sharing both food and customs. And all the beautiful photos. I admire the spirit of the Turkish people. I yearn for victory for them.

  3. by Joy @MyTravelingJoys
    3:31 am
    Jun 24, 2013

    Such sweet words! I wish I were there in Istanbul too right now!

  4. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    12:18 pm
    Jun 24, 2013

    The people of Turkey have shown the world their determination, and courage and great unity!

  5. by Terra
    11:13 pm
    Jun 24, 2013

    I have been following your updates, and saying a lot of positive thoughts for everyone in your home country! Everyone in Turkey is truly brave and amazing souls! Sending love, Terra

  6. by A Cat From London
    12:21 am
    Jun 26, 2013

    We are sharing the same feelings. To our beautiful people and to great days! Afiyet olsun!

  7. by john@kitchenriffs
    12:39 pm
    Jun 30, 2013

    Serefine Turkiye! It’s amazing what’s going on over there. The whole world is Turkish today.

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