Since the elections of June this year many Kurdish and Turkish people have been killed as a result of the violence between the two sides. A bombing of a peace demonstration in Ankara on October 10 killed at least 106 people.
The current situation of violence leads also to tensions among the Turkish/Kurdish diaspora living in Europe. In an attempt to de-escalate these tensions, a group of engaged people started an initiative to bring moderate Kurdish and Turkish people in the Netherlands together.
Six of them have started a working group together. By writing for blogs and newspapers, organizing meetings and engaging politicians they want to generate an open dialogue and mobilize the larger Turkish/Kurdish diaspora to support peaceful solutions.
- Read here a summary of the first meeting.
- Read here a brief summary of our second meeting on 16 December: Turkish – Kurdish Dialogue.
- Listen to the radio item: “De weg naar verzoening”
- Listen to the radio item: “Turkse Nederlanders voelen zich in een hoek gedrukt”