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In Pursuit of Kurdish Peace - 27 Mar 2015
Inside a community of Kurds in Turkey's southeast.

Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace.

Ocalan began talks with Ankara in 2012 to end a conflict which has killed 40,000 people and stunted development in NATO-member Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, and impatience is growing in a peace process complicated by Kurds' involvement in fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The Kurdish demands include freedom for Ocalan, steps towards political autonomy, full Kurdish language education and the overhaul of security laws used to prosecute supporters of their movement.
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March 26, 2015
Kurdish youths pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March...
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Kurdish youths pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir
Kurdish youths pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. The portrait that the boy is holding is of the late Kurdish activist Sakine Cansiz, who was shot dead in Paris in 2013. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Two Kurdish sisters pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
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Two Kurdish sisters pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
Two Kurdish sisters pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish girl poses for a picture as she arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March...
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A Kurdish girl poses for a picture as she arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir
A Kurdish girl poses for a picture as she arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish man and his daughters pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz...
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A Kurdish man and his daughters pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish woman and her son pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
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A Kurdish woman and her son pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
A Kurdish woman and her son pose for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish couple poses for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
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A Kurdish couple poses for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir...
A Kurdish couple poses for a picture as they arrive for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Sedat Ozkul, 44, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 19, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call...
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Sedat Ozkul, 44, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 19, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 19, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March...
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A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 18, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir
A Kurdish man poses for a picture as he arrives for a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir March 21, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 21, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Habibe Altan, 59, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Habibe Altan, 59, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir
Habibe Altan, 59, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 18, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir
Sukru Abay, 61, poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 18, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. The banner shows images of political prisoners who died in Diyarbakir Military Prison and reads, "We love a life with honour even to die for it". Picture taken March 18, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Pro-Kurdish politician Abdullah Demirbas poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 20, 2015. Kurds applauded...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Pro-Kurdish politician Abdullah Demirbas poses for a picture in Diyarbakir
Pro-Kurdish politician Abdullah Demirbas poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 20, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 20, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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March 26, 2015
Diyarbakir Mayor Firat Anli poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 19, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Diyarbakir Mayor Firat Anli poses for a picture in Diyarbakir
Diyarbakir Mayor Firat Anli poses for a picture in Diyarbakir March 19, 2015. Kurds applauded last weekend's call from their jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a 30-year armed struggle against Turkey but deep suspicions on both sides could shatter dreams of peace. Picture taken March 19, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-KURDS/ REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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