Diyarbakır's Armenians Speak
Reading the narratives in Diyarbakır’s Armenians Speak, I could not help but think about the various twists of oral history. They include ‘the call to truth’ addressed by these life stories to their listener, the expression of different strata of power from an emotion-centred viewpoint, and perhaps also the cynical gaze of this ancient city aimed at us, from above everyone and everything. It is impossible not to feel, in addition to the ‘sound of silence,’ the emotional weight that Diyarbakır lays on our shoulders. Even amidst today’s multi-local localities, we still have cities which manage to be themselves. As the Diyarbakır’s Armenians speak, one cannot help but contemplate the new questions posed by ancient secrets that emerge from the city walls.