Prime Minister, get your hands off my body!

The feminist corner at the Gezi-Park is easy to recognize: lilac banner blow in the wind and feminist leaflets as well as beautiful daisies are placed on a small table in front of a tent. I’m here to find out something about the feminist view on Turkey and the latest events. My today’s date Ilke Gökdemir invites me to sit down on the grass next to her and starts to speak before I’m even able to switch on my recorder. As everybody else here she is very proud and happy about what is happening at the Gezi-Park.


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A christmas topic: all about the children

It’s time for my first English blogpost, and I have to admit I’m nervous.I’m very happy about feedback!

Before I start I want to call your attention to an articel I found at Eutopia, a very nice blog about visions and critics of EU poltitics. The blog entry is titled “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others” and deals with immigration in Europe. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It is a very good introduction to the topic.

If you read the article, maybe you can understand the desperation of a woman whose relatives escaped from Syria to Turkey a few weeks ago. When I sent an email in order to let everyone know that my blog is online now, a colleague of my mother responded and shared the story of her family who are now refugees in Turkey. The family decided to leave Syria because the situation there is getting worse day by day. After three weeks in Turkey they luckily got their own little flat in Killis, a city close to the syrien border, where about 10,000 other Syrian refugees live now. Ftaim, the mother, and her six children, between four- to fifteen-years-old, are very happy to finally live on their own again. The father, Hamza, is already in Germany and works in Köln as hard as possible to earn money for his family. But winter is definetely coming and life is quite expensive in Turkey. They have one little oven in their flat and pay daily four Euros just for coal. But what they mostly need are winter clothes for the children. They are sizes 98, 122, 146 and 164. On the 26th, my mother’s colleague is going to Turkey and, she hopes to bring as much cold weather gear with her as possible.

Does somebody of you have winter clothes in those sizes?

If you live in Berlin, I would pick them up, and if you don’t live here, I can give you the woman’s address. Just email me at or leave a comment below. Karin Pütt is also very happy about donations for the family.

karin putt                                                              two of the children still in syria, taken by Karin Pütt

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