Turkey for many years wants to join the EU. When we look at Turkey we usually see Istanbul or the west cost that stands for the modern turk. The Turkish government says it can play an important roll between the EU and the Middle East or Asia. They call themselves the bridge between the west and the east. If Turkey joins the EU it’s eastern part of the country will become the new borders of Europe. In a two months journey along it’s borders I photographed many stories from minorities like the christians, Armenians or large population of Kurds that struggle with the governments military and regulations. The question rises how Turkey is building bridges with it’s own East or how it treats the many minorities living there for centuries and what will happen to these people once they become part of the EU.
Published by : Onze Wereld, Dagblad Trouw