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This city, which I am here with my 4 friends from the faculty for making photograph workshop in 12th Van Akdamar Children and Young Theaters Festival, it also finished my prejudice at the same time. I realized under pressure of othering efforts towards to Kürts, that is increasing especially last times, when I came to Van.
The streets have very famous shopping centers that are known by all around the world, but unfortunately there is a very serious stress in Van althoug it hasn’t appear any unusual situation. Most probably this stress occurred by state. Nationalist state signs on the hills and armored vehicles in the streets are enough for feeling this strees even a stranger such as me. In addition to this earthquake is an other stress factor that is lived two years ago. Still, material and spiritual affects of earthquake is not erased completely. The most effective example of this is talking to earthquake more than peace process between State and Kürts in the streets of Van. I heared other 2 things that talking too much except the earthquake:
2 words; in Turkish “Hoş gelmişsiniz!” and in Kurdish “Serserim Serçawan” the meaning is welcome in english.
Education, economy, income inbalance is the most important elements in social life, that are not solved, like in everywhere. Tourism is seen an alternative income spring by building a marine in Van Lake with luxury hotels.
Conservatism is a rising value that mass are united under umbrella of it in Van like other cities in Turkey, in the last times.