A primary school teacher with at least 6 years of experience in education, Fecri Aydin was dismissed from his job under a post-coup emergency decree before establishing a bakery shop to earn his living.

According to pro-Kurdish Dihaber, Aydin was sacked from his job on Oct 29, 2016. “I don’t know the reason behind my dismissal. …A decision had been made about me without any administrative or judicial investigation. I was dismissed completely on an arbitrary decision,” he says.

Left without a salary after his dismissal, Aydin opened a bakery store in Taslicay district of Agri, the province where he was working as a teacher just a year ago.

“The time when I learnt about my dismissal coincided with my child’s first birthday. It was a tragicomic moment.”

Aydin is not an isolated case as many former public employees including teachers, academics and journalists were reported to have made forced career shifts after they were purged from their positions as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown.

Some 145,000 people have lost their jobs since last summer.

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