Dersim people cannot go to highlands due to bans

Duygu Erol

DERSİM – Çiçek Köse living in the Yalınkaya village of Pertek district of Dersim has made her living by practicing transhumance for 25 years; however, she has to graze her sheep in the village due to bans declared in the region.

On March 30, 31 places in Dersim were declared as “Special Security Zone”. Due to the bans, the villagers engaging in transhumance and producing honey haven’t been able to go to highlands. Çiçek Köse, who lives in the Yalınkaya village of Dersim’s Pertek district, has practiced transhumance for 25 years and she has 250 sheep.

Çiçek has to graze her sheep in the village due to ongoing bans and clashes in the region. Stating that they cannot go to highlands due to the bans, Çiçek says they cannot go to the highlands in the other cities due to the economic crisis.

They cannot go to highlands; the pastures in the village are insufficient

Indicating that the nature and plants in Dersim cannot be found in anywhere, Çiçek says she has to stay in the village and she tries to graze her animals in a limited area.

“There is an economic crisis now, we cannot go to other places,” says Çiçek and continues to talk as follows, “Everyone living in the village has animals; the pastures in the village are insufficient for all of us… We have to graze our animals two times a day. We are getting tired.”