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Turkey's remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times

A general view of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, pictured on November 19, 2014In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one a thousand years old, the other modern, signs of both the region’s Christian past and the determination of those who remain to bring it to life again. Seyde Bozdemir was born in the village of Elbegendi in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin. The Christian Assyrian community in Turkey, which now numbers no more than a few thousand, has been hit by wave after wave of emigration since the foundation of the modern Turkish state in 1923 out of the ruins of the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire.

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