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Harvard Black Sea Security Program

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The conference, entitled “Deportation of the Crimean Tatars” has been held at Gure Campus Social Facilities Conference Hall on 18th May 2015 at 14.00 by Giresun University Strategic Researches Community and Turkic World Research Community with participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ranetta GAFAROVA from Ardahan University, as lecturer. The conference was supported by Black Sea Center for Strategic Researches (BLACKCSR)


Following the speech delivered by Asst. Prof. Dr. Gökhan EŞEL -Deputy DirectorofBlack Sea Center for Strategic Researches- and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sezai BALCI-Directorof Black Sea Cultural Research Center (KARAKUM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ranetta GAFAROVA deliveredher the speech, entitled“Deportation of the Crimean Tatars”.


Director of KARAKUM, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sezai BALCI gave detailed information the historic period since the habitation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea to the deportation on 18th May 1944, stating that the Crimean peninsula had been native land of Crimean Tatars for ages. Furthermore, Deputy Director of BLACKCSR, Asst. Prof. Dr. Gökhan EŞEL mentioned the hardships, massacres, and suffering endured by the Crimean Tatars in the process of forcedmigration.


Within her presentation, Assoc. Prof. Dr.Ranetta GAFAROVA has mentioned that Crimean people were exiledin the late of 18thCentury for the first time, resulting from annexation of Crimea by Tsarist Russia and then they experienced the second biggest deportation after the World War II. Having emphasized that about 200.000 Crimean Tatars were deported to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia in a single overnight, GAFAROVA uttered that tens of thousands of people died from starvation, thirst and diseases in their long way. Moreover, GAFAROVA expressed that cultural and religious freedom were taken away, television, newspapers, and journals were closed down, many people struggling for freedom were imprisoned, and most of them even died of homesickness. It was also emphasized that Crimean Tatars were exposed to the same oppressions and sufferingsas a result of Russia’s annexation of Crimea once again in 2014.


After the presentation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ranetta GAFAROVA, the movie, “Khaytarma”, which tells the story of 1944 forcedmigration and genocide of the Crimean Tatars regarded as black spot on humanity and which is based on the life story of Ahmet-Khan Sultan,a legendary pilot and twice-decorated hero of the Soviet Union, was screened.


In the last part of the conference, Director of Black Sea Center for Strategic Researches, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yalçın SARIKAYA recommended students to act more responsibly in important matters since Crimea was again occupied. Dr. SARIKAYA also stated that social media could be used more productive for many issues like the deportation of Crimean Tatars. Then Dr. SARIKAYA expressed his gratitude to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ranetta GAFAROVA and presentedher a plaque in memory of the day.


After the photo shoot at the conference attended by academic and administrative staff and students of Giresun University, participants visited the art exhibition about the deportation of Crimean Tatars.


Following the conference, a group of faculty members and students threw glove to the Black Sea and prayed for Crimean martyrs. In the same day at 8.00p.m, candles were lighted in the shape of Crimean Tatar Flag in Kafkas İslam Ordusu Square and called “Light a Fire in Your Heart for Crimea” was regarded.