In late October, Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics and Türkiye’s Red Crescent alongside its civil society allies organised a critical workshop to develop an economic plan for the border district.
In the past, Sirnak, which borders both Iraq and Syria, was one of the PKK terror-hit southeastern provinces, but now it is hosting an international tennis tournament at the foot of Mount Cudi.
The southeastern border district of Turkey has gone through many challenging periods due to PKK’s terror campaign. But the Red Crescent’s Volunteer Center inspires people to have hope.
Cizre was a hotspot during Turkey’s security operations against the PKK terror group five years ago. But now the district hosts one of the biggest volunteer centres of the Turkish Red Crescent humanitarian organisation.
Since 2015, the PKK launched a new campaign of urban assaults across Turkey’s southeast. Cizre was a key training ground. The tactic failed, costing many lives and damaging property, along with Turkey’s peace process. But people are still optimistic.
Cizre, a strategic border town, has never seen any of the benefits from Turkey's peace process after it was undermined when a PKK youth group dug ditches in the district. Residents wonder why, and now they seek a more comprehensive peace process.
11 police officers have been killed and 78 people, including civilians, are injured in a blast that hit a police checkpoint in the town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey.
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