Malatya Murders: Six Years Later
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Malatya Murders: Six Years Later

You shall not kill. Exodus 20:13
Life Question: Would we be able to forgive?
April 18th 2007 began like any other work day at Zirve Publishing House,
until five Turkish youths, then aged 19 or 20, entered the publishing house
and tied up its three employees German citizen Tillman Geske and two Turks
Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel(all of whom were Christian), tortured them
and slit their throats. Though the five were arrested and confessed to this
horrific act, none of them were charge with the crime due to authorities
dragging their feet in obtaining a conviction.
Turkish nationalists--the main force behind Christian persecution in the
country--are unique in the sense that, while they are for secularism(a 
doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations)they do not accept
non-Muslims as Turkish.
This incident has left me asking the following questions:
*In the span of all these years how have the families of the
victims been able to cope, or even to move on?
*Looking at this from a writer's point of view, the slitting of the throats
of the three victims to me, is symbolic of an unwillingness to allow
for the expression of oneself as an individual. What can we do to prevent
such incidents from recurring?
*What lessons can we learn from this?
As of today, the murders remain unsolved, though the judiciary, at
present, is still navigating through the case today. The families have yet
to see justice for their loved ones who lost their lives in such horrific
We need to keep the families and children of the victims of this crime
in our hearts and prayers.
Liz Ciccone

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