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2012 lives: Turkish delight?


Turkish and Kurdish lives in Stoke Newington

By Katy Palmer

Almost 100 languages are spoken in Hackney and its rich ethnic diversity is what makes it a lively fun place to live and work.

Just one of those 100 languages is Turkish and Kurdish. This community make up over 5% of Hackney's people.

They make a huge contribution to the economy and lots of the shops and cafés in Stoke Newington are Turkish and Kurdish establishments. These are close knit communities and I got to know them better through my work.

Ibrahim Avcil has lived in Hackney for fifteen years
Ibrahim Avcil has lived in Hackney for fifteen years

I work for Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS). HCVS supports these diverse communities through funding, advice and training and support for the borough's voluntary and community sector.

Last year we funded a predominantly Turkish community group Refugee Worker's Cultural Association and I met its leader Ibrahim Avcil.

With Ibrahim's help I went out and spoke to various members of the Turkish and Kurdish communities, from business owners to residents, finding out what they thought now that the London 2012 Games are only 18 months away.

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