Outrage as Gabonese Student Killed in Turkey

 

The death of a Gabonese student in Turkey, verified by her embassy and institution, elicits deep emotions among the country’s growing number of African students.

According to Turkish media, the body of the young woman, 18-year-old Jeannah Danys Dinabongho Ibouanga, was discovered on Saturday in a river beside a railway line, not far from the University of Karabük (north), where she was studying mechanical engineering.

According to preliminary investigations, the young woman “drowned,” and no further injuries or signs of sexual abuse were discovered.

The rector of Karabük University published a message of condolence on the establishment’s website, in Turkish and French, assuring that the young woman was “much loved by her friends and professors”.

On Twitter, the hashtag #JusticepourDina spread among African students at her university, several dozen of whom demonstrated on the premises of the establishment, brandishing portraits of the victim.

The tearful girl appealed with her mother in a voicemail, labeled on Twitter as a call from ‘Dina’ to her mother, to allow her attend to Sakarya University, less than two hours’ drive east of Istanbul: “There is no racism there,” she claimed.

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu’s remarks reported by the official Anadolu agency, Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deploys intense diplomatic and economic activity in Africa, welcomes more than 61,000 students from the continent (compared to 40,000 in 2019), the majority of whom benefit from scholarships.

The minister then underlined that Ankara saw in education “the main axis of cooperation with the continent”.

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