A 35-year old Turkish woman, named Esma Uludağ, who fled Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, passed away on Saturday night due to a heart attack.

Esma Uludağ, mother of three children, aged 3, 7 and 10 years old, worked as a civil servant in a district governor’s office in İzmir province until she was dismissed by a government decree over her alleged links to the Gülen movement under the rule of emergency declared in the aftermath of a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Her husband Mehmet Ali Uludağ (38) had to leave Turkey, too, due to detention warrants issued for him over his alleged ties to the Gülen movement. He had to flee to Greece first and then take refugee in Germany.

As he succeeded to take residential permission in Germany, his wife Esma Uludağ, together with her three children had to cross the Evros River about 6 months ago, and to take shelter in Greece. It was learned that Esma Uludağ and her children were waiting in Athens for family unification.

However, Saturday night Esma Uludağ suddenly had a stroke. She was taken to the hospital by an ambulance which reportedly arrived 40 minutes later. Esma Uludağ, whose heart stood still, passed away despite all the emergency interventions at the hospital.

It was learned that the body of Esma Uludağ is going to be taken to Turkey for a funeral service after the completion of the autopsy and official processes in Greece.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by Turkish government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement. Many tried to escape Turkey by illegal means as the government had cancelled their passports like thousands of others. On Feb 13, 2018 at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros (Meriç) River while seeking to escape the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

This article originally appeared on the Stockholm Center for Freedom’s website on Apr 29.

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