Hundreds of children, youth, and women were injured and scores of people were killed in clashes during the curfew that was imposed on 2 December 2015 in six neighborhoods of the historic Sur district of Diyarbakir (Amed).
Yusuf Boz was one of those seriously injured. He was only 20 years old when he was put behind bars after the curfews ended in Sur. He was seriously injured in his eyes as a result of an explosion and lost vision of one of his eyes.
He is now been in Diyarbakır Type D Closed Prison for 6 years.
Yusuf Boz was tried in the main Sur case and was sentenced to life imprisonment for “violating the unity of the state and the unity of the country. He was also sentenced to 13 years in prison for the “attempted murder of a public official with an unknown victim”.
“My son was only 20 years old, what did he do to this state that they punish him this much?” asks his mother, Meymenet Boz who is concerned about her son since now he has a high risk of losing his other eye’s vision too.
“Two years ago, a prosthesis was placed in his left eye. The doctor said there was some pieces in his right eye too” she says to Mesopotamia News Agency.
When Yusuf started suffering from severe pain in his right eye, he was taken back to the hospital. However this time the doctor said, “There is no problem in your eye.”
“My son was not treated well in the hospital, we don’t want him to lose his remaining eye” says mother Boz who is also upset since the family cannot visit their son together.
“We were allowed to meet with him in the past, but now this is banned for no reason, we are not provided with our rights” she says ” Now only one or two people can visit him at once”
She drew attention to the ongoing hunger strikes against the isolation of Kurdistan Worker’s Party Leader Abdullah Ocalan and the violations in prisons.
“The only thing they can do in prison is to be on strike. We as families are behind our children. Their demands should be met”