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In Turkey, tragic and mysterious disappearance of an Eastern Christian couple

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LETTER FROM ISTANBUL

The lifeless body of Simoni Diril, an Eastern Christian missing since January 11, was found not far from her home, along the stream that borders Kovankaya (Meer in Aramaic), a Christian village in the Sirnak region, predominantly Kurdish, in south-eastern Turkey.

The shock was terrible for her sons, who found her dead ten minutes’ walk from the family home while going to graze their herd on Friday, March 20. Given his condition, the body had been there for a long time. However, the place was supposed to have been combed through searches carried out by the authorities after the disappearance of the couple Diril, Simoni, 65, and Hurmuz, 70, kidnapped from their homes by armed men on 11 January.

Weeping for their mother, the couple’s eleven children also fear the worst for their father, Hurmuz, who has been missing without a trace for more than two months. Where is he ? Why was the couple kidnapped? Who could have an interest in attacking these two elderly farmers, busy with their fields and their animals? A mystery that the authorities have not helped to unravel.

Investigation classified confidential

“No real searches were done, allegedly due to the weather. Drones flew twice through the air, that’s all. We constantly asked for help from the authorities but no research was done, our voice was not heard. Nobody cared. “, laments their son, Father Remzi Diril, who officiates as a priest of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Istanbul.

According to him, barely opened, the investigation was classified confidential. Investigators came, took photos, and left. Since then, nothing.

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Grief assails him when he remembers his visit to Kovankaya on January 12. He was the one who noticed the disappearance of his parents. Barely arrived in this remote and depopulated village, three inhabitants in winter, twenty-five in summer, Father Remzi found the door closed. Not a living soul, except the goats left without care in the stable. No matter how he knocked on the door, called, no answer. Finally, he forced a window to enter the house.

No trace of his parents, except Simoni’s cell phone, placed on the television. “I checked the calls, the messages but there was nothing. “ He then went to the neighbor’s house. Despite his great fright, he finally confessed to having seen the day before armed men disembark at the couple’s house. He relates how these strangers took Hurmuz, the father, after he tied his hands. Simoni was not supposed to be taken. “My mother insisted, she didn’t want to leave my father. So they took it too “, says Father Remzi.

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