Turkish gov’t cuts off funds for disabled child over father’s alleged Gülen links

12-years old Rafia Nur qualifies for 97 percent disability rating.

The Turkish government has cut off funds granted to Rafia Nur, a 12-year-old handicapped child whose father has been arrested over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which is accused by authorities of masterminding a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

According to the Yeni Asya daily, E.A., a dismissed public servant and father of Rafia Nur, who qualifies for a 97 percent disability rating, has reportedly been held in an İzmir prison for almost six months over alleged links to the movement. Despite lower half of Rafia’s body is paralyzed, impairing her ability to walk or stand, the government has cut off funds granted for her.

Since the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 Turkey has turned into a hub of people victimized by the purge carried out by the Turkish government. The gov’t and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the Gülen movement of masterminding the coup attempt and launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody. However, the movement  strongly denies any involvement. (turkeypurge.com) April 12, 2017

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