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My heart is bleeding as with many millions in
My soul is crying as with many millions in
And my mind is numb as with many millions in
With any form of logic and reasoning, I try to understand what happened in SOMA, I try to give sense and try to comprehend the coal mine disaster in a rational way and without emotions. But it doesn’t work, as it didn’t work for many millions in
Any government has the right to wish for the best economic future for its country.
Any government has the right to wish the most advanced technology for its country.
Any government has the right to wish an improvement in the infrastructure for its country.
Any government has the right to wish to become one of the most powerful nations in the world and has the right to wish to be a leading country in the world.
But this right carries with it one condition: HUMAN LIFE is more precious than profit!
The wellbeing and the safety of citizens in a strong country is the priority of government. People’s education and their economic progress forms an integral part of a government’s constitution.
A government is only strong if it provides welfare for its citizens. A government is only strong if it protects civil rights of its citizens. Therefore, a strong leading country in the world has a vibrant Welfare State. More than Welfare is the existence of a
. If a government
claims that its economy is improving that means that the welfare of its
citizens is also improving. Social
Welfare and the
is the foundation for an
economically sound and strong country. It is a ‘must-have’ condition. Social State
On the 13th of May across the world what we witnessed in SOMA sadly did call attention to the fact that
is still not a Welfare State; therefore we cannot speak of an economically
strong country. Turkey
|Turkish PM Erdogan visits the Soma Mine, photo AP|
At the dawn of the 21st Century, a leader of a strong country cannot give a speech comparing the tragic mining disaster in SOMA with historical accidents that occurred in the 19th Century. But the leader of
did just that. With his
speech he confirmed Turkey Turkey
is still stuck in the 19th Century mindset, which contradicts all his past
speeches about the social and economic growth of and its relative position in
the world. Turkey
I cry with many millions of people in
for the 301 miners who died and those injured, in the coal mine disaster in
My eyes are burning
My hands are burning
My legs are burning
I wail with pain
The wound of my pain
Is a necklace
Carrying unlived hopes
Engraved on my soul
With 301 black diamonds
Like many millions in
I am trapped by these feelings like the miners in the dark coal mine shaft in
Semra Eren-Nijhar is an author, sociologist, documentary film maker and policy consultant on diversity, migration, Turkish people living in Europe and the Executive Director of SUNCUT.