Dear Mr President,
A great wave of peace and democracy has been surrounding the whole world upon your election to the Presidency of the United States of America. There are people, who wished to benefit from this wave of peace and democracy. One of them, the Kurdish people have been struggling for more than a century for an honourable life in liberty in accordance with their own culture and identity. Kurdish people, whose identity and existence have been denied, even most of whom are obliged to live without an identity in their own land, are still face to face with an enormous genocide in the early 21st century.
Matching the destiny of their land, there have been many attempts to exterminate Kurdish people through the policy of denial of existence and identity, as well as the use of chemical weapons. This severe geographic and social extermination and denial are also prevalent in the areas of faith, culture, language and literature. As well as being the most populous people without a state, Kurdish people are also the most populous people without literature and education in mother tongue. It is unacceptable for a people to be devoid of language, literature and education in mother tongue considering the fact that it has created works that match epic Greek legends, English romanticism, and American and French philosophy.
We believe that, as a representative of all American Presidents of the past, you are utterly aware of the importance of identity, literature and education in mother tongue in such a manner that proves that the world is not a totality of material values and that “the world does not belong to those who cry and laugh separately, but to those who laugh together”. As you know, identity, education in mother tongue and creating value through mother tongue are also important for the culture of the family called the world.
Amongst the mosaic of Mesopotamian people, Kurdish people have always preferred live in peace and mutual respect throughout their history. In this sense, Kurdish people wishes recognition and an honourable life under constitutional reassurance in the countries where they live as part of the democratic world family without making a primary issue out of the issue of land within the global world system of the 21st century.
We, the writers, journalists and intellectuals, who have been exiled and not allowed to exist in our own land, could find no solutions other than informing you of the situation. In fact, our endeavour here is the expression of a scream of Kurdish writers as well as an appeal to the conscience of the world.
We, the undersigned Kurdish writers in exile, as the speakers of Kurdish people, who are subject to suppression and extermination, wish to exist in such a way as to incorporate our language in literature and schools by adding value to the world culture and literature through our identity. This can only be possible through a permanent peace and democratic resolution in Turkey and Kurdistan. Such a peaceful and democratic resolution in Kurdistan would make a positive impact in the whole world not only in the Middle East as well as being a lesson for the powers relying on nuclear weapons and radical beliefs.
We would like to offer our respect in anticipation of being heard for the sake of living in liberty with our identity in our own land, and for our children to be able to read the books written in our mother tongue.
Medeni FERHO Journalist / Writer, Dr. Bengi Haco, analyst, Derwesh M. Ferho President Institu Kurd of Bruxel, Tariq Hemo Journalist, Dr. Xalid Isa Analyst – historiographer, Nazîf Mayi Teacher /-writer, Rojan Hazim, Writer, Hosheng Biroka Analyst – Writer, Faysal Dagli Journalist, Rukiye Ozmen Writer, Faruk Sakik Journalist, Diyar Bohti Journalist – writer, Jir Dilovan Writer, Newaf Xelîl Poet, Mirhem Yigit, writer, Hosheng Ose Poet, Dana Celal Writer / Journalist, Fevzi Ozmen Writer / advisor, Aziz Ogur Journalist, Fergin Melik Aykoç Teacher / writer, Mehmed Drews Journalist, Kaksar Oramar Journalist, Semdîn Craftsman, Ejder Sêxo Journalist, Feqir Ehmed Poet, Saman Nurî, journalist, Y. Serhad Bucak, Journalist,
Brussel: 11 / 01 / 2011
Dear Mr President,