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years, Tarkan couldn't enter his homeland. If he would have gone
to Turkey, he would have immediately be taken by the government to the
military - despite of his career. Read about the reasons he's now
putting on his uniform on a voluntary bases.
(Germany), September 1999
"I've spent the worst days of my life",
Tarkan says. For days, the Turkish pop singer had been worrying
about the life of his family, after the disastrous earthquake in
Turkey. Tarkan, who's not allowed to enter his homeland because he
refused to fulfill his military service, feared the worst. Then
finally came the relieving message from Istanbul: no-one of his
family was hurt during the catastrophe. "My
mother Neţe was with my sister Handan in their summer house in Antalya
at the time - the city is 800 km away from the earthquake zone"
stepfather Seyhan was in their home in Istanbul. The apartment
they're living in wasn't damaged - nothing happened."
Now Tarkan hopes to be finally able to take his family into
his arms again. The chances are
as Tarkan will soon be able to go back to Turkey again. "Three
weeks ago, I received the news that the Turkish military is willing to
will join the army for two months to do my basic military
training. Furthermore, I need to pay about a 10.000 DM penalty
because I refused to do my military service so far."
Tarkan, who's new single "Bu Gece" (English:
tonight) has just been released, will probably be a part of the troops
for the clearing away of the ruins in the catastrophe zone. "I
owe it to the victims",
Tarkan says, and he adds: "I
only can't take the sight of blood. When I was in school in Karamürsel,
I visited a slaughter house once. The sight of the many slaughtered
sheep just made me sick."
Bravo Magazine, September 1999.
Translated from German by Marleen