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Thursday, May 1, 2008

"I am the the only survivor from the Genocide"

Mehmet Nurî Aga having a smoke and sharing the story of his life with some relatives

Mehmet Nurî Aga was a man of Armenian-Kurdish origin and survived the Christian genocide in Ottoman empire 1915.

Mehmet said to the photographer that "I am the the only survivor from the Genocide". He never meet his father because he was hanged in Diyarbakir before his mother Siranoush Xanim gave birth to Mehmet.

He was a very proud man and often refered to himself as a left over from the genocide, even if he was loaded with pride, he often cried when he told stories.
The farm he owned was handed down from his mother Siranoush so Mehmet spent all of his time working hard on the farm like an ordinary local Kurdish peasent even if he was a nobleman both from his mothers side and from his fathers side.

The dengbêj songs (single accappella complain song) he shared with his relatives and friends was one of a kind, it is said that the pain he was singing about was something very present when he perfomed for his guests.

Mehmet Nurî Aga


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