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Roanoke Rapids father hopes to return from Turkey's unrest

Roanoke Rapids family hopes father can return home from Turkey amidst the country's civil unrest.

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Less than a month ago, Ozgur Ozdincer flew to his home country of Turkey to be with his sick mother while the country is under civil unrest.

Ozdincer, his wife Kathy and three children are originally from the state of New Hampshire and moved to Roanoke Rapids a few months ago.

Kathy is extremely proud of her husband for being there for his mother and hopes that her family remains safe. A portion of Ozgur’s family still lives in Turkey.

“I’m hoping that he doesn’t get caught up in it,” Kathy said. “I’m hoping that he does the smart thing and runs in the other direction like the other people do.”

Videos have surfaced on the Internet displaying just how dangerous the country has become. Turkish police have resorted to brutal force and spraying water at citizens in order to take control of the situation.

“I can’t do anything,” said Kathy. “I can just sit and watch.”

She recalled a Starbucks that was destroyed due to the events.

“I would love to see the country go back to the way it was,” Kathy said.

Ozgur was scheduled to return home later this month, but it is still unclear when he will be able to return home.


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