A fundraising campaign lauched by a Turkish activist raised €50,000 in less than 24 hours for Ahmet Burhan Ataç, an eight-year-old Turkish kid who went to Germany on Sunday for cancer treatment without his parents as the father is in prison and the mother is subject to a travel ban.
The kid’s parents face prosecution for having worked at a dormitory that had links to the Gülen group, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup in July 2016. The group denies any involvement.
Burhan who has been suffering from osteoid cancer for more than a year, which has now spread to his lungs, is now in Germany for treatment and his grandmother will accompany him during his treatment.
The child’s mother, Zekiye, who has long been calling for the removal of the travel ban so that she can accompany her son during his treatment, posted a video after she saw Ahmet off at the airport. In tears, the mother said: “Ahmet did not want to go to Germany without me. I told him I would come in two weeks. My son was dying before my eyes. … I am appealing to the authorities: Please don’t keep me separated from my son.”