Ayshe Seytmuratova: «A Man Can’t Live Forever, But There is Still So Much to Do…»
On February 10, 2012 I.Gasprinsky Crimean Tatar Library housed the event, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the famous Human Rights advocate, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Ayshe Seytmuratova. The participants of the event, Ayshe Seytmuratova’s relatives and friends congratulated her with the coming birthday. This meeting was promoted by the Department of Education and Culture of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the workers of I.Gasprinsky Crimean Tatar Library.
The meeting also housed the photo exhibition, presenting the pictures, documents, publications of various stages of the active life of the hero of an anniversary. The exhibition will work during one month. The title of the event was A.Seytmuratova’s words “I live in my native land along with my people – this is my main achievement and joy!”
The library could hardly accommodate all those who wanted to congratulate Ayshe Seytmuratova. Many famous people congratulated her, including the First Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, member of the Presidium of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Head of the Department of Education and Culture of Mejlis Safure Kadzhametova, her team-mates Lir Khalilov and Arsen Alchikov, member of the Association of Crimean Tatar workers of education “Maarifchi” Seyran Useinov, the famous Crimean Tatar singer Rustem Memetov, the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Nenkejan” Zera Bekirova, as well as the representatives of the youth organizations “Bizim Qirim” and “Yashlar Shurasi” Abduraman Egiz and Elnara Gvardiya and many others.
“Everything that Ayshe abla Seytmuratova did was very systematic and she built it brick by brick and it was as firm as a basement,”- the First Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said. “Due to such strong and patriotic people that supported her at that time our fight remained strong as well. I wish that those who want to enter the history of its people took example from such people as Ayshe abla”.
Refat Chubarov also stressed that if a person does everything for the sake of ones people in hard times he will remain in the records of history irrespective of weather he thinks or not about the history. “I will not tell all the present about Ayshe abla’s life and activity, one could read about it in the publications, presented in the library. I’m going to tell that the new generation has to take example of Ayshe Seytmuratova’s sincere acts,”- Mr. Chubarov said.
“Maybe the most important thing we had was a sense of sympathy, responsibility for our future and the future of our children, – the veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Lir Khalilov said. I think that a person establish oneself when he has learned to take just the right amount of what he needs, and give at the same time. A person established oneself when he has learned to sympathize. To my opinion, Ayshe Seytmuratova established oneself as a person and individuality”.
He also noted that the main problem in exile was the intellectual hunger. He also noted that for him personally all Ayshe Seytmuratova’s broadcasts from abroad were as an outlet and that it was her who supported the faith in people. In conclusion of his speech Lir Khalilov noted that Ayshe Seytmuratova still preserved her sense of sympathy.
“The Voice of America”, the German speaking newspaper “Continent”, “Muslim World Liga”, the issues published after “the 15th Muslim Conference” are far from full list of foreign publications where Ayshe Seytmuratova published her articles and where the Crimean Tatar problem was raised. Speeches in the Parliaments of Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Turkey, France and US Congress, lectures in the universities and colleges in different countries. Ayshe Seytmuratova – a brave daughter of her people, she told about this in conclusion of the meeting, as well as what countries she visited, telling the world community about the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, suffered by the Crimean Tatar people and its combat for the restoration of their rights.