Dersim Massacre Memorial

Demographically, Dersim is a region overwhelmingly populated by Kurdish Alevis (a minority religious group). Due to this ethnic makeup, the people of Dersim have traditionally been perceived as “the other” by central governments with Islamic or nationalist leanings. The Ottoman Empire’s attempts to eradicate the autonomy of the Dersim region through centralization escalated during the Abdulhamid II period (1876-1908). Following […]