Vedat Akif was only 15-days-old when he was sent to prison with his mother on terror and coup charges. He and his mother were released last week after spending some two years in prison. Akif has seen the free world for the first time since he was born.
Akif’s mother, Halime Kaman was arrested by a Turkish court in December 2017 as part of an investigation into Turkey’s Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Halime’s new-born kid was also sent to prison with her. According to the Kronos news, both mother and the kid have recently been released from prison pending trial.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons.
In several cases, women were detained in the hospital immediately after the delivery of her baby and before they had a chance to recover. Many women were jailed as they were visiting their imprisoned husbands, leaving the children stranded in the ensuing chaos.