Just one day before she passed away, a woman in Turkey who had hidden her Armenian identity for 82 years revealed the secret to her youngest son.
Hoşana, who was brought up as an Alevi in a Kurdish village, told the secret to her youngest son, journalist Ahmet Abakay.
Abakay is the president of a journalists’ association, and has now published a book titled Hoşana’nın Son Sözü (Hoşana’s Last Word), which details his mother’s story.
“How can a person hide her Armenian roots for 82 years from her family, children, grandchildren, and her environment?” asks Abakay, according to an article on the Turkish website T24.com.tr.
In recent years, countless stories of Turkish and Kurdish persons revealing their Armenian identity have appeared in the media.