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Report on the monitoring of discrimination experienced by Dom, Abdal and Roma people in Southern Türkiye following the 2023 earthquake

12 April 2024

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Drawing on verified information, this study exposes various forms of discrimination against Dom, Abdal and Roma communities in the period following the 2023 Türkiye-Syria Earthquake, for the advancement of the rights of minorities in the aftermath of natural disasters in Türkiye.

During the field visit, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with Dom, Abdal and Roma earthquake survivors. Unstructured interviews were conducted with representatives of civil society organizations operating in the region. Monitoring of community visits was conducted in two phases. The first visit was conducted for 5 days between April 7-11, 2023, and the second site visit was conducted for 5 days between November 23-27, 2023, for a total of 10 days.

All communities visited are located within the Adana, Hatay and Gaziantep provinces.

During the study, Hatice Kuyumcu, Erkan Karabulut and Mehmet Kuyumcu joined the monitoring team and provided support as regional facilitators. Since all team members have a basic level of Arabic and good level of Domari, team members also provided support in communicating with Syrian communities. Romani Godi CSO team provided support for the preparation of field survey forms, observation forms and data evaluation.

Photographic documentation was carried by team member Büşra Taşkıran.

This content was published in the context of the programme ‘Strengthening the capacity of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Türkiye’ (MARC). Learn more >

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