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US: Meskhetian Turks Mark 71th Anniversary Of Stalin's Deportation
US: Meskhetian Turks Mark 71th Anniversary Of Stalin's Deportation

Nov 21 – Ahiska (Meskhetian) Turks living Texas, Arizona, Utah, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states in US are marking the 71st anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of the Meskhetian Turks from their ancestral homeland in what is now the Georgia and to call attention to their continuing suffering.

Stalin deported 120,000 Ahiska Meskhetian Turkish from the Ahiska (Meskhetia) region of Georgia SSR on November 14, 1944. Many were given just 10 minutes to pack their belongings and climb aboard freight trains for the long journey to the Central Asian steppe.The victims were only allowed to take three days' worth of rations and spent a horrifying two or three months on the road. Many died – their bodies thrown from the wagons onto the snowy steppes. After arriving in Central Asia,Meskhetian Turks was so hungry that they boiled hay to make soup.

NKVD troops explained to Ahiskan Turk’s family that they were being evacuated in anticipation of a Nazi German attack. In reality, Soviet authorities questioned the loyalty of the deported nationalities and moved them far away from the fighting to guard against the possibility that they could act as a Fifth Column. Only after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s 1953 death were Meskhetian Turk’s allowed to venture outside their designated areas.

That changed after 1989 when there was a pogrom of the Meskhetian Turks in the Fergana Valley who then fled from there to the RSFSR, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Saying about this it should be noted that the state, which annihilated Meskhetian Turks Nation, the destruction of the Ahiska Motherland, does not exist now. Later, and still unable to return to their ancestral lands, Giorgians have created thousands of works that are filled with deliberate lies. From pollution to politics, the era of deception and duplicity has reached new heights.

Some of the Meskhetian Turks resettled in the Krasnodar Kray, Rostov Region and elsewhere in the North Caucasus. In February 2004, the Russian and American governments, working with the International Migration Organization, agreed to resettle the Meskhetian Turks from Krasnodar Kray in some 60 cities of the US.

Today the Meskhetian Turks remain dispersed across Eurasia and other regions. Substantial Meskhetian Turk populations exist in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the US. The Meskhetian Turks in the US are refugees resettled from Krasnodar Krai in Russia. Although they still suffer from discrimination and exclusion. The total number of Meskhetian Turks in the world is currently estimated at just over half a million.

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