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Great holmertz 2009-07-31 2:30

Hello Jelle,
Mosques are often all-purpose institutions. Not just for praying, but for socialising, resting, doing homework, discussing urgent business etc. This particular mosque brings me certain memories, because from this gallery someone threw a large stone at me that hit me in my back. There was an American military base outside the city that wasn't very popular among the Kurds, and they probably thought I was American.
Well, that was almost 40 years ago.
Regarding the composition I might have considered cropping away the nearest man.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:14 AM
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Default To holmertz: Hello Gert

Stonethrowing was popular in the East, specially in Diyarbakir it seems. I know many travellers who were hit by stones. I my self was once attacked in neighbouring Urfa. Interestingly, this behavior seems to have disappeared. Foreigners (perhaps Americans included) are now generally treated as "friends" in this part of Turkey.
I hope the picture did not evoke bad memories.....
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:26 PM
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Default Re: To holmertz: Hello Gert

Hello again,
Yes, things have changed in Kurdistan. When I returned to Diyarbakır 31 years later, the city was totally different and I was kindly treated everywhere. I guess people knew by then that European countries were pushing Turkey towards democratic reforms.
Your picture did not evoke bad memories, just amusement. Some of the times I've been robbed (never in Turkey) have been much more traumatic.
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