The only solution A.K. found was to write to the Minister of Work and Social Seucurity, Murat Başesgioğlu, pleading that she could not work due to health restrictions such as hyper-tension and osteoporosis, which has disabled her to the extent that she is not able to walk. In the letter, she goes on to say, “At the Okmeydanı Research and Training Hospital they did not even look me in the face, let alone examine me. If I am guilty, then so is the rest of society. Tell me, what is a 76 year-old ex-prostitute that has not lost her ability to work, supposed to do? This is not a shame to me, but to society.”
A.K. is trying to survive in a small flat on the 2nd floor of a run-down building in Tarlabasi. Her windows consist of nylon sheets stuck onto the window frames. Because she is ill, she can only go down to Taksim Square when the weather is nice to sell bird seeds at 50 Kurus a plate. If she earns more than usual, she buys some bread and olives – a luxury for her.