Deportation of Crimean Tatar people was carried out 73 years ago when more than 180 thousand people were evicted to Central Asia, Siberia and the Urals by Joseph Stalin decree. Only in the late 1980s Crimea Tatars People were able to return to the peninsula. But not all of them could see native landscapes: thousands of people had died in exile.
“Everyone buried their children, their parents then... This is a terrible tragedy. My grandmother buried her parents and a one-year-old child. My relative’s families lost two and three children. Every family had felt this pain”, the Head of the organization "Krimska Rodina" Anife Kurtseitova said.
Students of Kyiv school No. 165 honored memory of the perished victims of deportation together with representatives of the public organization “Krimska Rodina”. The event took place for the second consecutive year in this educational institution.
Children should know that the Ukrainian people and the Crimean Tatar People hand in hand went through the trials of the communist regime, Lyudmila Vashkulat, Headmaster of school No.165, believes.
“We are willing to show our solidarity with the Crimean Tatar People in the struggle for their rights. We want to be there and support our brotherly people”, she said.
The frightful ordeals of Crimean Tatars were discussed not only in the past tense. Unfortunately, today due to Russian aggression, many of them have lost their homes again. Crimean Tatar national movement veteran Sinaver Kadyrov attended the event as well.
“Moscow has not yet received the proper punishment for its atrocity in 1944. And so we were again deprived of our homeland and Ukraine lost its territorial integrity in 2014”, Kadyrov noted.
The occupation of Crimea has radically changed lives of thousands of people. The Crimean Tatars national flag is equated with extremist symbols and mass events to honor the memory of the deportation victims are forbidden on the annexed peninsula today.
“This date – May, 18 – unites our peoples. All of us experienced the difficulties and horrors of the Soviet regime in one way or another. Talk to your grandparents, they will surely tell you that your families had experienced much grief and the most terrible is the 1944 deportation”, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel said.
Short film about the Crimean Tatar people genocide, prepared by QHA news agency journalists, was shown after the speeches. It contains information from eyewitnesses of those terrible events. Children listened to the stories of ordinary people whose lives had changed forever in few minutes with bated breath and genuinely empathized with the characters of the film.
Like many years ago, today Crimean Tatars hand in hand with Ukrainians continue to stand against Russian dictatorship.