288 people were killed during the curfews declared on December 14, 2015 and continued until March 2, 2016 in Cizre (Cızir) district of Şırnak (Şirnex) province of Turkey.
177 of those people killed were taking shelter in the basements of the houses under fire, hoping to be rescued.
Dozens of apartments, school buildings and parks were destroyed due to the attacks of Turkish military forces during the curfews.
Hundreds of injured people had to wait for nine days taking shelter in the basements of Cizre in order to be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. Although their families and peace mothers tried to reach out to connect to the basements, they were not allowed either.
Nafya Küçük is one of the peace mothers, who lost two of her sons in the basements of Cizre. Adil, 27 years old and Agit, 22 years old, were in the basements during the bombing by the Turkish military forces.
Nafya Küçük spoke to Mezopotamia News Agency recalling the memories of those days under curfew attacks.
“They murdered my two sons in Cizre. I still do not know where are the other two. They told us to our face, ‘We killed all of your children in the basements, they were all Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members.” They told this to our face,” Küçük said.
The peace mother also demanded justice for her murdered sons. “In the evening time, we heard a terrible explosion. That is when they killed my sons. I have been demanding justice for five years and I will never forget those days.”
Symbol of Curfews
One of the biggest symbols of the days of the curfews is Taybet İnan, engraved in the memories as “Mother Taybet”. She was killed on 19 December, 2015 by the Turkish law enforcement forces during the curfews in Silopi (Silopî) in eastern Turkey.
Mother Taybet’s deceased body had remained in the middle of the street as her family was obstructed by the military forces prohibiting them from recovering her body.