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    After 300 years of isolation, Akçasır Village finally gets a road

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    13.08.2006 - 12:46 | Son Güncelleme:

    The 80 house-strong village of Akçasır, tied to Kulp district in the province of Diyarbakır, finally has its own road. The 63 kilometer-long stabilized road from Kulp district centre to the village was opened by Kulp district official Yüksel Kara today. Traditionally, not even helicopters tried landing at Akçasır due to a lack of flat terrain.

    Kara’s arrival – after a four-hour drive - also marked the first encounter between the remote village and the 'state'. Şeha Çiçek (40), mother of 11, said her village had always been completely detached from the rest of the world.

    Stating that she had only traveled to the nearby district of Kulp once, because of illness, Çiçek said, "Almost everyone in the village is married to a relative. I, for one, am married to my paternal uncle's son, and three of my children are physically handicapped. We cannot get treatment for them because we are so far away from the centre. I saw Kulp for the first time last year, when I was ill. We walked for two whole days to see a doctor. After the first day of walking, we had only been able to arrive at the next village along. We stayed the night there, and set off again the next morning, getting to the district of Kulp the day after that. Only then could we get to the hospital. In the evening, whichever room you went to was lit up, unlike in our village, where everything is covered with a dark blanket when the sun sets”.

    “Thanks to the road, we too are going to reach 'enlightenment'", Çiçek said. Next on the agenda for Akçasır are water, electricity and television.

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