A new documentary on exile and repatriation of Ahıska Turks, also known as the Meskhetian Turks, who have spent their lives without a state for more than half a century was prepared by the direction of the Turkish Presidency of Communications.
According to a statement made over there directionhard days of Ahıska Turks, who were exiled by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1944 and sentenced to live stateless because of their beliefs and ethnic origins, have been informed in the documentary “120 Minutes”.
Manufacturing details how Stalin, who took over towards the end of World War II gave the Turks Ahıska on the Georgian border only two hours pack their things and leave the country to avoid possible moves Turks and reduce Turkish ethnic density.
The documentary passes on to explain how the community who live far from their homeland for more 70 years old, returns to his homeland in 120 minutes through the initiatives of The Republic of Turkey.
In the film, which was shot in Erzincan and Bitlis provinces, Ahıska Turks, who are the last surviving witnesses of living exile in Turkey, are interviewed.
“Turkey has always stood with the oppressed”
Director of Presidential Communications Fahrettin Altun said the oppression faced by Ahıska Turks who were exiled was revealed through the documentary and noted that the film depicts how The Republic of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan protected them.
Pointing out that persecution has inflicted on Ahıska Turks is ignored by many countries in the worldAltun said: “Homesickness of our brothers Ahıska Turk, who were brought to our country by order of President Erdoğan, has come to an end. The Republic of Turkey has always been with the oppressed, wherever they are in the worldet has always extended and keep stretching the main to his Turkish and Muslim brothers.