All minorities in Turkish are affected by the ongoing crisis in the South East

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Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
The ongoing fights in Turkey reached another level. The conflict does not harm only Kurdish people, but also all other minorities, such as Alevites, Syriac Christians and others.
On January 28th Syriac Church of Virgin Mary in Sur district, Diyarbak?r and the Priest Yusuf Akbulut with his family had been caught in the conflict. Priest Yusuf Abbulut and his family had been evacuated from the area and eye witnesses reported damage in some parts of the historical Syriac Church of Virgin Mary.
Since the conflict started Hundreds of Kurdish civilians, among them elderly, women and children (babies) lost their lives. Dead corpses are forbidden to be buried. The situation is out of control and the civilians are suffering. This situation is a serious human rights abuse.
As European Syriac Union we call the international community to negotiate an end of this conflict and to find a solution for Turkey and its minorities.

Kind regards,
Rima Tüzün

Rima Tüzün
ESU – Head of Foreign Affairs