Yesterday, December 16, outside the building of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, a street exhibition opened presenting the everyday life of the Crimean Tatars before and after the occupation of the peninsula.
In the exhibition of the Crimean Tatar photographer Emine Ziyatdinova who was unable to attend the opening, particular attention is given to the Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov who was kidnapped in May 2014 in the occupied Crimea.
“We want to raise the level of awareness of the Crimean Tatar people’s life among the Kyiv residents and guests of the Ukrainian capital. Prior to the annexation of the Crimea, there existed a lot of stereotypes about the Crimean Tatars, and even now, the attitude towards them is different. Of course, after the heroic struggle of these people against the illegal occupation, the position of the majority of people has changed. But we still know little about them,” the Director of Amnesty International in Ukraine Oksana Pokalchuk says.
The opening ceremony of a street exhibition was attended by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, who thanked all those present for their support and interest in the problems of the Crimean Tatars.
“This exhibition marks the beginning of a large project. It shows that the Crimean Tatars get lost in space and time under the occupying power. And there is a chance to show the world the horror of the occupation in such an artistic way,” Klimkin said.
Many caring people who gathered outside the building of the Ukrainian MFA in a cold December evening, were able to warm with tea and treats from the Crimean Tatar national restaurant "Musafir".
The photo exhibition will run for a month. Amnesty International activists hope that during the Christmas holidays, when people have time to walk around the city, everyone will be able to see these photos.