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Alevi People

8/4/2014 DERSIM, TURKEY. A group of 40 Alevis is gathered around the fire doing a religious ceremony after a day of hiking on a holy mountain. After Christians and Yazidis, Alevis fear they're next in ISIS's long list of victims. Alevi are Turkey's biggest religious and cultural minority, as they make 10% of the population. Despite they're so big, they're not recognised by the state, while they've been oppressed for centuries by both larger religions and had to hide their religious practices. But Alevis have also to deal with an inside enemy, the country's Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who views them as terrorists. According to a Turkish police report, last year, while 8 of the 9 people that died during the antigovernment protests died were Alevi.

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2014
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 28, 2014, 12:49 p.m.
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Camera Model: ILCE-6000
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