In Memory of Medet Unlu
Medet Unlu was killed. This vile provocation has caused irreparable damage to the entire Chechen liberation movement.
The Honorary Consul of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in Turkey, Medet Unlu was a citizen of the Turkish Republic by birth, but he was a patriot and worthy son of his historical homeland, Chechnya. All these long years of struggle for Chechen independence, Medet helped his compatriots as much as he could. He was faithful, tolerant to disagreements, always balanced, knowing how to be quiet and calm and give insight into any situation, a good adviser and a empathetic to the suffering of others.
What didn’t we ask from him? To arrange studies, to pay for housing, to rescue us from prison, to get us residence papers, even for diapers and milk for our children. He always patiently listened to all of us and tried to help. Everyone knew his phone number and his office. He was available to all of us; he never hid from anyone and he lived in good conscience, fulfilling his personal, civic and family responsibilities.
Humans are often selfish by nature. Everyone asked for something from Medet and no matter how much he tried, it just wasn’t enough. We could not get enough. Even though he had done so much for us already, we went back and asked for more. Anyone who knew Medet closely will remember how well he spent his money on the needs of his compatriots.
Now, we have lost him and finally we will understand that there is no Medet and there will not be a second Medet! Maybe they shot him, but they have killed all of us with him.
His assassins, whoever they were, are essentially miserable people ready to sell even their own father to their handlers. They do not have tombs. His killers have committed themselves to Allah’s curse and punishment. Medet was not like them who cheated their own fate; he had two shrines: Turkey and Chechnya. He had two native languages: Turkish and Chechen. He lived in these riches, he treasured both, and he gave his life for it. He died as a martyr. Allah called him to the world of Barzakh (afterlife) in the blessed month of Rajab.
Medet heartily wished for the cohesion and unity of Chechens. We are all mortal. Each of us will take our baggage with us and answer for it on the Day of Judgment.
Dala gech doyl xhuna Medet!
Dala Iman dakhadoyla way Noxchi!
30 May 2013 – Istanbul
*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco