Turkey’s Somalian Children

Kader Kadem | 12:31 | 0 Comments
Turkey is carrying out a big aid campaign, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for Somali who are suffering in the grip of drought.

In an effort to position himself as the leader of Muslim countries in the Middle East region, Erdogan is trying to show the slamic World that he is not indifferent to the Muslim Somalis. He stands up to Israel in order to gain sympathy of Muslim countries.

However, he is ignores those of his own citizens who are trying to lead their lives under very difficult conditions in Turkey. Because of the economic crises that have been experienced in Turkey, bankrupt businessmen live under very difficult conditions, and they are sought by the courts and police because of their debts.


When these businessmen are caught by the police, they are put into prison for five years. They do not have a prominent address and they constantly change the place they live in order not to be caught. They are unable to receive treatment when they get ill, because in hospitals, the police check whether the person is sought or not by the courts. And if they have a job, they can in no way benefit from social rights, because they cannot register for social security.

The most terrifying result of this situation is that they can not send their children to school, so the children are not receiving an education, because legal residence address information is required for school registration. When the address information is given to the school, it is saved in the address information system and the police can then apprehend the wanted debtor.

It is claimed that there are 400,000 people in Turkey who are sought by the police and other military security forces because of their debts and that 70,000 businessmen are still being kept in prison for their debts. When these individual's families are added into these numbers, we find that a total of 1.5 million people living under difficult conditions! To receive medical treatment in a hospital, patients are required to present proof of social security registration. Without this proof, no family members can benefit from the treatment services either. This means that 20 percent of the population live without social security. These people are unable to receive treatment in the hospitals, and those of them who find a job work without social security in their work place and they can not send their children to school.

Why doesn’t the Turkish Prime Minister address the situation of the children of bankrupt businessmen who lost their monetary power; why does he ignore them, while declaring mobilization in his country to help Muslim Somalian people suffering from hunger, just to prove to the whole Muslim world that he is the protector of the Muslims. Or is there a belief in Islam that the insolvent, bankrupt persons who lost their assets should have lost also their religion?

Businessmen in Turkey are facing lawsuits for their dud cheques, and for their debts to public and private organizations. According to laws in Turkey, at the end of the trial they are sentenced to jail. They lose their jobs. If you put a person in jail, how can he pay his debts? They not only lose their jobs, but they also lose their families. In our opinion, a person who has committed a financial crime should face an economic punishment. Obviously, this punishment of jail brings a lot of problems with it.

As schools are going to start education soon, most families suffer from being unable to register their children for school. Even though prosecutors seize all of a debtor's property, they are so sadistic that they track the children of the debtor on their way from the school to home in order to spot their home address and put the debtor in jail. Because of this, the children are psychologically harmed and begin to fear going to school. It is so tragic that the lawyers even seize babies’s feeding bottles.They seize the oven, the refrigerator, laptops etc. This is against human rights protocol #4; “No human can be deprived of freedom for their contractual debts.”

These practices must be stopped.

Article first published as Turkey’s Somalian Children on Blogcritics.
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