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Pinar’s success story


Pinar Kaftancioglu’s tale begins with the 16 bullets that killed her father before her very own eyes. She became the main witness to identify the murderers of journalist and writer Umit Kaftancioglu, the victim of a terrorist attack shortly before the Turkish military coup in 1980.


The family tragedy was compounded by economic difficulties. To help her mother, Kaftancioglu combined study and work from a very young age. Married at 16, she soon gave birth to her son Cam. She completed secondary school and then studied economics at Istanbul University while holding different jobs all the while. She gave up her degree in the final year because of financial worries: she needed a full-time position.

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Pinar Kaftancioglu’s tale begins with the 16 bullets that killed her father before her very own eyes. She became the main witness to identify the murderers of journalist and writer Umit Kaftancioglu, the victim of a terrorist attack shortly before the Turkish military coup in 1980.


The family tragedy was compounded by economic difficulties. To help her mother, Kaftancioglu combined study and work from a very young age. Married at 16, she soon gave birth to her son Cam. She completed secondary school and then studied economics at Istanbul University while holding different jobs all the while. She gave up her degree in the final year because of financial worries: she needed a full-time position.

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