KYIV (QHA) -

For two and a half years, many Crimean Tatars have no opportunity to see their own homes. 
Expulsion from their homeland weights heavy on a heart of every representative of the Crimean Tatar people who survived the ordeal when returning home after a 50 year deportation. Yesterday, the Call of the Motherland (“Vatan Sesi”) was first sounded for the Crimean Tatars in the Ukrainian capital.

On Sunday, November 27, the Freedom-Hall in Kyiv hosted the most long-awaited event: a concert of the Crimean Tatar folk and modern music “Vatan Sesi.”

According to its organizer Elmaz Asan, the work on the show was very time-consuming and labor-intensive. But, despite all the difficulties, the team of ATR TV channel has coped with the task.

“In Crimea, many artists, who do not admit what is happening, were asking us to organize something like this for a long time. With this concert we want to once again convey to the world the voice of the Crimean Tatars, and once again tell about the tragedy that is happening in Crimea. Organizing such cultural events, we stress how we love our homeland,” Elmaz told a QHA correspondent.

Among the brightest Crimean Tatar entertainment stars were the finalists and winners of the National Music Competition “Tatlı Sesi” held annually in Crimea.

The concert headliner Jamala, the winner of the 2016 Eurovision, called on all Crimean Tatars to dream of returning to their homeland and to act.

“We have ceased to be dreamers. Maybe, it now sounds very naive, but we have ceased to be dreamers, as our parents and grandparents were. They returned to Crimea, in spite of all obstacles. They just had a purpose. They did not want to hear anything, but only a return home. Our victory would have been impossible without them. We are now very much need to be dreamers. You should wake up thinking what you have done for your family, your people, and your homeland to be left alone. Dream, act and realize! We will return the Crimea, we will be there! We need to dream as kids about this,” she urged.

Jamala emphasized that she won the song contest in Stockholm due to the faith and dreams of many people.

The concert has become the only joy for many people, deprived of their homeland. According to the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, such activities should and will be held in his native Crimea.

QHA