|Graffiti in Istanbul:|
"If only it was a dream"
Much has been written, and will continue to be, trying to explain the attack, what led up to it, and what its ramifications may be for the next election, and for the country in the longer term. Instead of rehashing them, or trying to add my voice to the many clamoring for attention right now, I'd rather share some pieces that I think are worthwhile reads, a few personal reflections, and some photos and other imagery that seem to capture the current mood -- or, at least, my mood.
|"We are dying in order to live as humans. |
You who have lost your humanity, you are already dead."
Photo via @sweidius
|"95 dead, 85 million injured"|
Today, people around Turkey are gathering to mourn the dead and call for justice to be done, attending funerals and demonstrations despite the fear that undoubtedly now hangs over any large public gathering. I am inspired by their resilient spirit, along with that of the people who rallied to donate blood after the attack, to bring food and blankets to family members waiting outside Ankara's hospitals for news on their loved ones.
These people, and everyone else who fights for a better, more compassionate world, are living the words written on a protest sign by a young woman killed Saturday and laid to rest this morning in her Black Sea hometown of Arhavi: “Beautiful days don't come to us, we march to them.”
|Protest sign in Antalya: “Our pain is great. So is our indignation. |
We are bereaved. We are in revolt."
Photo via İleri Haber
- "Louder than Turkey’s cries of anger are cries for peace. There’s still hope" – Turkish-British journalist Alev Scott finds reason for optimism
- "Ankara bombing and the end of the Turkish Republic" – a far more pessimistic take by political science professor Umut Ozkirimli
- "Turkey: After the Ankara massacre" – an analysis by journalist and academic David Barchard
- A first-person account of the Ankara attack by a friend and colleague (Turkish version)
- Portraits of some of the victims (Turkish version)
- More extensive bios of the 100 victims
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