Cemile Dönmez and Mehmet Dönmez, two Turkish citizens and the parent of an 8 eight-year-old kid with epilepsy, have been in pre-trial detention since August 18, 2021, over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016. The group denies any involvement.

According to Journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the child has been having regular epilepsy seizures and thus is in need of immediate assistance.

“Mesut (the eight-year-old) had previously been separated from his father for 17 months. Now they are left without their parents again,” Özarslan said in her tweet.

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.