Kids with Down syndrome suffer from major health problems in absence of jailed teacher father


Date posted: April 4, 2017

M.O., a dismissed teacher and father of two kids with 92 and 98 percent disability ratings, has reportedly been kept in an Antalya prison for almost 4 months over alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Speaking to Aktifhaber.com news portal, the wife of M.O. said that their house was raided by a group of police officers on Sept 16, 2016 and her husband taken into custody over “secret” links to the movement.

“Police came to our house at around Oct 6. They searched everything and seized computers, books. Because he got scared, my son with down had an eppie and then fainted. Officers took away my husband and left us in a miserable situation,” the wife stated.


M.O., a dismissed teacher and father of two kids with 92 and 98 percent disability ratings, has reportedly been kept in an Antalya prison for almost 4 months over alleged links to the Gülen movement. “We did not do anything wrong. My kids are 9 and 4 years old. We have no income, no job and no insurance. Nothing,” his wife said.


“After being kept in police custody for 9 days, he was arrested by the court and sent to a prison in Antalya. He is still there. I and my husband are teachers and we loved our country. We did not do anything wrong. I am now left alone with my disabled kids and they are suffering from major health problems. My kids are 9 and 4 years old. One of them has 92 percent disability rating while the other has 98 percent. We have no income, no job and no insurance. Nothing,” the wife added.

“NO one gives me a job. We are rejected by everybody. And even if I am given a job, I can’t leave my children alone. The younger one is getting worse every day. He has eppie almost every day,” the wife stated.

Since the coup attempt on July 15, Turkey has turned into a hub of people victimized by the purge carried out by the Turkish government. The ruling party of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the Gulen movement of masterminding the attempt and launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

The movement denies any involvement.

Source: Turkey Purge , April 4, 2017


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