Many Turkish Americans are keeping a close eye on their home land following Tuesday’s terror attack at an airport in Istanbul, including some with family members there.
West Haven is home to a sizable Turkish American community. There is a cultural center, along with two Turkish restaurants there, and a number of markets.
The bombings have caused quite the concern for many who still have family and friends living in Turkey.
For the past two days, Murat Elevulu and his coworkers have been glued to an iPad inside their Campbell Avenue pizza shop, watching the news from Turkey.
"I'm concerned because I still have family in Istanbul, live about a half hour away and it's a concern, my people, and my country, are suffering,” Elevulu said.
While he’s made a life in America, living in the country for 20 years, it still hurts to see what is happening to his home land.
"They attacked Belgium, they attacked France, now Turkey has been attacked, for the past year, they've been attacked two to three times, it's just getting aggravated now,” Elevulu said.
He’s not alone. At Sultan’s Turkish Restaurant in Waterbury, owner Selim Ergin said he is thinking of family members who were actually at the airport on Tuesday.
"I called my wife right away, she's in Turkey now because my brother-in-law and his family actually left on Monday and were there around the same time the attack took place,” Ergin said.
While 41 were killed, and hundreds more were injured, Ergin said thankfully his family is okay.
"We're terrified, worried, upset and mad at the same time because Turkey is not a country that experiences stuff like this, up until 10 years ago. Never had any problems with terrorism,” Ergin said.
He added, what makes this more aggravating is that it happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
He’ll be flying to Turkey next month, and Murat said he’s making plans to visit in September. Both men said they won’t be deterred.
"I'm not worried, not at all. I know my country is there and will always be there,” Elevulu said.
Another business owner in town said his wife and children are in Turkey right now for vacation and said he told them to stay out of the capital and big cities.
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