NJPPA Understanding - Matt Rainey/Star Ledger
An Uncertain Future
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Suleyman Semsiya (age 11) grabs the pants of his friend Kadir Aktas (age 11) who holds a toy gun while the two warm themselves by a fire with their friend Recp Uran (age 14) on a street in Diyarbakir, Turkey. "Of course, we will have real guns when we grow up" Kadir says, ..."in case there is a fight". The city, said to be the oldest city in the world dating back 7,500 years is unofficially known as the centerpiece of the Kurdish people. The city is located on the banks of the Tigris river between the Tigris and Euphratis rivers which is known as the cradle of civilization.

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