Kara Efe

Graphic Novel: The Farewell of Ahmet Burhan Atac

This graphic novel outlines the end of Ahmet Burhan’s short life of 8 years, in particular the time period from July 15th, 2016, the day of the failed and so-called Turkish coup attempt, until May 7, 2020, the day when he died. After both of his parents’ arrest, Ahmet Burhan and his little sister Fatma Betul were left to live with their grandparents for a long while. Due to their longing, both children were often sad and depressed. Over time, this affected Ahmet’s health, leading him to be diagnosed with a type of bone cancer. As a result of the unlawful regulations imposed by the Turkish government on hundreds of thousands of people, the Atac family encountered many roadblocks that stood before the cancer treatment of Ahmet.

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Kara Efe Photo Contest


Photography is the art that takes an instant, an item, or an experience out of time and tells a whole reality and impact that has on life in the background. One frame can make masses feel the tragedy, the emotions, or sometimes the humor surrounding that frame. It can encapsulate the struggle, hope, despair, uncertainty, and anticipation in a single click.

In memory of Ahmet Burhan Atac, who was widely known by his nickname ‘KARA EFE’, a 7-year-old who passed away due to passport seizure and obstruction of travel by the Turkish government for treatment abroad, we are organizing this photo contest to raise awareness and consciousness on human rights issues in Turkey and express solidarity with the victims of oppression everywhere. We invite submissions of original photographs that tell captivating stories in the backgrounds. Whether a moment of struggle, an object of sentiment, or memory of love and emotion. We would like to unveil the state of human rights in Turkey and let people know about the aspects of the struggle.

Apply by March 1, 2021


Application Form

You can click here for the Turkish Application

If you have any questions concerning these terms and condition please contact us at photocontest@silencedturkey.org


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