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Friday, April 29, 2011

Turkey: Inspiring or insidious

"Turkey: Inspiring or insidious

By Delphine Strauss

Published: April 28 2011 22:34 | Last updated: April 28 2011 22:34

In one corner of the courtyard, green-painted railings enclose the tomb of a saint. In another, a pair of 12-year-old boys in spotless white shirts and neatly pressed trousers politely answer visitors’ questions. In Diyarbakir, a city in Turkey’s Kurdish south-east where many children work on the streets or land in jail for throwing stones at security forces, these two have come to prepare for high school entrance exams. Asked what they want to do later, one says “doctor” and the other, grinning, declares “police”."

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