Families of the Kurdish activists killed in a suicide attack on Monday, in the Turkish town of Suruc, have attended the funerals of their loved ones, as 25 of the 32 victims were laid to rest yesterday.
Mourners chanted slogans against ISIS, and also against the Turkish president, who they blame for not doing enough to protect the Kurdish communities from such attacks. In fact, the Kurdish political party, the PKK, held the Turkish government responsible for Monday’s attack, saying it had “supported and cultivated” ISIS in their battle against the Kurds.
The attack targeted a group of mostly university-aged students as they gathered to talk to the local press about a trip they were planning to help rebuild the city of Kobane in Syria.
Kobane was the site of one of the biggest battles against ISIS last year and, just last month, was retaken from ISIS by Syrian Kurdish fighters.
According to a member of the group who was wounded in the blast, the students had planned to build a library and a playground, and to plant a forest in Kobane.
- Pray for Turkey, as it faces increasing threats to security from Syrian based ISIS forces.
- Pray for peace and political stability, and for the government to be faithful in protecting the Kurdish communities on the Turkey – Syria border
- Pray for those mourning loved ones killed in Mondays attacks.
- Pray for the Turkish Church and Christians working in that area, to be a source of comfort and love to the hurting families and community.
Isaiah 60 vs 20: “Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”