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“Mariupol Space for Peace”: Project participants discussed the issue of Deportation of Crimean Tatars

Today in Mariupol State University there was held the second interactive meeting within the framework of the "Mariupol Space for Peace" Project, during which college kids along with concerned locals discussed the sensitive and burning issue of deportation of different ethnic groups. Particular attention was paid to the tragedy of the Crimean Tatar people and its role in the history of Ukraine.

The event was combined with the session of the Docudays UA "Human Rights" Media Education Film Club, which operates at the Faculty of History under the direction of the Associate Professor of the Department of Historical Sciences Svetlana Arabadzhy. Meeting participants watched documentary "Jamala`s kampf", (“Jamala`s struggle”) by Swedish journalist Elin Jonsson, presented at the Travelling Festival of Documentary Cinema on Human Rights Docudays UA. The movie narrated about the fate of the Crimean Tatars on the example of the family history of the Ukrainian singer and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Jamala (Susana Jamaladinova).

 

At the beginning of the meeting, Svitlana Arabadzhy spoke about the history and traditional food of the Crimean Tatar people and treated participants to traditional sweets, including baklava. On top of all this those present had an opportunity to watch an issue-related video about family rites of this ethnic group.

 

Those who participated in the interactive meeting were very impressed by the movie "Jamala`s kampf", (“Jamala`s struggle”) experiencing mainly sorrow, dismay and despondency. During the discussion, the guests mentioned other cases of forced eviction of people from their homes, namely, Greeks, Armenians, Poles, and Germans.

 

At the end of the event, the coordinator of the "Mariupol Space for Peace" Project Svitlana Arabadzhy quoted Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker from the Crimea, who is currently under arrest in Russia: "Cowardice is the most woeful sin on Earth. Great treason begins sometimes with a tiny little cowardice of the kind. "

 

The next interactive meeting will be held at the premises of the Illich Iron & Steel Works Museum of History and presumably it will bring together representatives of different religions and beliefs. This time the participants of the event will be treated to dishes of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Сarchi cuisine.

 

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