Friday, June 04, 2010

Putting Names To Faces -- People Killed by Israel on Gaza Boats -- from Lawrence of Cyberia

A brief introduction to the nine Turkish people shot dead on 31 May 2010, by Israeli soldiers who attacked the Turkish vessel M.V. Mavi Marmara, as it attempted to transport humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip.

1. Ibrahim Bilgen, 61, an electrical engineer from Siirt. Member of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers of Turkey. Married with 6 children. (link - link - link - link)


2. Ali Haydar Bengi, 39, from Diyarbakir. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Department of Arabic literature). Married with 4 children. (link)

Ali haydar bengi

3. Cevdet Kiliçlar, 38, from Kayseri. Originally a journalist, worked for the past year as webmaster for the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). Married to Derya Kiliçlar; two children. See him participating in an IHH African relief project here. See his Flickr photos here. (link - link)

Cevdet Kiliçlar

4. Çetin Topçuoglu, 54, from Adana. Former amateur soccer player and taekwondo champion, who coached Turkey's national taekwondo team. Married with one son, Aytek. See Çetin Topçuoglu's Facebook page here. (link - link - link)

Çetin Topçuoğlu

His wife, Çigdem Topçuoglu, was also aboard the Mavi Marmara, but survived. (link - link - link)

Cetin and Cigdem  Topcuoglu

5. Necdet Yildirim, 32, an IHH aid worker from Malatya. Married with a three-year-old daughter. (link)

Necdet yildirim

6. Fahri Yaldiz, 43, a firefighter who worked for the Municipality of Adiyaman. Married with four children. (link)

Fahri Yaldiz

7. Cengiz Songür, 47, from Izmir. Married to Nurcan Songür; six daughters, one son. (link - link - link - link)

Cengiz songur

8. Cengiz Akyüz, 41, from Iskenderun. Married to Nimet Akyüz ; three children - Furkan (14), Beyza (12) and Erva Kardelen (nine). (link - link)

Cengiz Akyüz_2

9. Furkan Dogan, 19, student at Kayseri High School; hoped to become a doctor. Son of Dr. Ahmet Dogan, Assoc Prof at Erciyes University. A Turkish-American dual national, with two siblings. (link - link - link)

Furkan Dogan

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