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.