Turks Fleeing a Crackdown Find Haven in Albania


Dozens of Turks at risk at home from their affiliation with the man accused of mounting a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have found haven in Albania.

But ‘brotherly’ ties between Ankara and Tirana keep them on their toes.

  • Vladimir Karaj . BIRN . Tirana
  • BalkanInsight

Early one August morning in 2016, Esin and Huseyin Sakinmaz filled their car with canned food and left their home in Istanbul.

They headed south, but had little idea where they would end up.

Fearing highway cameras would record their licence plates, they took country roads for hundreds of kilometres.

For three days and three nights, they ate, slept and lived in their car.

They did not ask…

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