translator of turkish. phd student in cultural anthropology.


After Tahir Elci

By Nazan Üstündağ

"Maybe he was shot by accident, or maybe on purpose. But, since the moment he fell to the ground, he became part of another history, taking his place beside those other ghostly bodies knocked to the ground, made to pose in death. No forensic report, no crime scene investigation, no ballistic report, and no court decision can change this reality. I have watched the videos many, many times. Among the cameras and the journalists, there is not a single witness who can testify to the death of this person, who spent his entire life gathering testimonies for dozens of unresolved murders and forced disappearances that went unwitnessed themselves."


Nicholas Glastonbury