The Women of Prison no.5 by Simru Hazal Civan


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The Women of Prison no.5 / Simru Hazal Civan

“… One day the ceremony was held inside of the school because of rainy weather. I leaped up when the turkish national anthem was played very loudly. My students looked at me in a bewildered way and i’ve couldn’t say anything to them…”

Halide Dündar was the manager of Revolutionist Democratic Women Association (DDKAD) when she was arrested and brought to Diyarbakır Prison No. 5. at year 1980. Her offense was teaching Kurdish women how to read and write. She was just 20 when was evacuated from the prison which exposed torture every day at 1982. She had a operation during the days of prison without her permission. She noticed that her ovary were taken after years later while she was having another operation. She has been teaching mathematics since then.

Diyarbakır Prison No. 5 which has been built as the biggest prison in the region, was used as a special authoritarial military prison between 1980 and 1988 after the military coup. More than 30,000 were jailed in the first four months after the coup. During the following years, Amnesty International received thousands of allegations of torture including reports of over 100 deaths as a result of torture. Diyarbakır Prison became one of the most lasting symbols of the coup due to the reports of hundreds of prisoners being subjected to torture and execution. [Official Website]

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The Women of Prison no.5 / Simru Hazal Civan

This project was made with the request and support of Diyarbakır Prison No. 5 Museum Coordination Center.

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