Esengül Balcı, who researches Islamic sects in Turkey, says that 1 million children are in the hands of sects that target children from poor families who cannot afford education. They provide dormitory and scholarship to young people who come to big cities to study,” Balcı told the daily Cumhuriyet.
Hacı Bişkin reports: The southeastern districts of Şırnak, Cizre, Silopi, İdil and Roboski have witnessed some of the highest increases in drug use in Turkey in recent years, resulting from a combination of unemployment, regional conflict, insufficient education, and mental health issues. Roboski has the highest number of drug addicts per capita in the region.
Some 13 Istanbul residents were fined over the weekend for disrupting traffic during celebrations for a young man going off to military service. One participant was detained by police for firing blank cartridges out of a car.
A Turkish youth forum launched an interactive online map that revealed the age group's biggest issues during the COVID-19 pandemic to be access to education and to work. The right to health and shelter were referred as the second largest issues.
A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed Turkey as the leading member country for the portion of youth who are both unemployed and out of school. This number was revealed to be 26.7 percent in February in data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).
Turkey's Atheism Association has filed a criminal complain against the Islamist, pro-government daily Yeni Akit on the grounds that it insulted atheists in an article it published earlier this year.
Serpil Kurtay reports: In a joint effort between Gökçeada mayor Ünal Çetin and bio-architect Merve Tekin Sezgin, a 'children's village' is planned to be established on the island, and will function as a place for children to take part in decision-making and creating infrastructure together.
Nuray Pehlivan reports: Turkey's coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the already difficult conditions for the country's refugees, many of whom are facing starvation and homelessness as a result. According to City Council Refugee Committee Chair Mete Hüsünbeyi, hundreds of thousands of refugees have lost their jobs as businesses have closed amid the pandemic.
The population of Istanbul's youth was revealed to be larger than the total populations of almost all of the country's provinces. The city's youth totaled some 2.3 million, surpassed only by the populations of Ankara, Izmir and Bursa.
Not ‘haram’ for a divorced woman to marry off her daughter to her new husband’s father: Diyanet’s encyclopedia
An encyclopedia of Islam prepared by Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) does not consider it haram (forbidden) for a previously divorced woman to marry off her daughter to her new husband's father. The particular entry in the encyclopedia, which is published digitally on the Diyanet's website, lists which relatives can or cannot marry based on its interpretation of Islamic law.
Three fourths of the youth in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir would rather live outside of Turkey, a March 1 poll by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed. The participants cited better living conditions, more job opportunities and increased liberties as reasons for their desire to live abroad.
Leaders of a local aşiret (tribe) in the southeastern province of Şırnak have agreed, in conjunction with local officials, to do away with the obligatory wedding dowry required for a couple to get married, citing rising costs that limiting the number of those able to do so. The decision, made by the Batuyan tribe, also limited the number of gold coins that can be bought for the bride and groom by guests at weddings.
The coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in China, is also a problem for Chinese nationals living outside of their country. Some living in Turkey have been marginalized and discriminated against following news of the virus.
A survey conducted in sixteen cities by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed that while education and income levels rise among Kurdish speakers, their usage of Kurdish declines. Among those who said that they were unable to read or write, 76.2 pct said they spoke Kurdish at home while 19.8 pct spoke Turkish.
The thesis that cigarettes are haram (sinful) in Islam is based on the Maide and Araf sections of the Quran, said Ali Erbaş, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also a strong advocate of smoking cessation, calling the substance “haram” and explicitly urging his supporters to quit.