Hüzün is Istanbul


Turkey, June 2016
© André Alves

The atmosphere in streets of Istanbul in the last days of Ramadan, the traditional Islamic fasting, and beginning of "Ramazan Bayramı" also known as Eid al-Fitr. "Ramazan Bayramı" is a celebration giving a week of national holiday in Turkey. Both of these dates deeply related with Islam. During this period there was triple-suicide bombing attack in the Ataturk International Airport of Istanbul where 41 people died and more than 230 were injured.

Two days after I left Turkey and these national holidays were finished there was a military unsuccessful coup that caused a great number of causalities, being 290 deaths the last official number.

This was a particualy dificult period for Turkey marking its recent history. As political power becomes stronger the dissident voices slowly fade to silence moving to an underground live away from society.