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Made with Switzerland

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Еsma ADZHIIEVA and
Elnara ABDULLAIEVA

[ region ]

Crimea

Yesma Adzhieva, chair of the board at NGO “Alem” & Elnara Abdullaieva, PhD candidate in agriculture, dancer

Reduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice And Strong Institutions

The annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 forced a wave of migration of Crimean Tatars to mainland Ukraine. Finding themselves in an unacquainted environment, they looked for ways to redefine themselves as part of the people of Ukraine.

Switzerland helps to bring people of different ethnic backgrounds closer together. It focuses on filling some knowledge gaps between Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar ethnic cultures and languages. It strengthens friendly relations between nations.

The Crimean Tatars’ culture is much more than an ancient folk culture. It is a living heritage, one that we are not afraid to adapt to modernity. Our goal is to present our people in the light of this objective reality. We need to fight the prejudice inherited from Soviet times. Most importantly, we need to preserve our cultural heritage during our current temporary exile. We want to facilitate a dialogue in order to preserve the overall aesthetics of our heritage but not only. We aim at deepening the understanding of its inner meanings and senses. They pass from one generation to another and we need to preserve them.

The Crimean Tatars’ culture is much more than an ancient folk culture. It is a living heritage.

Еsma ADZHIIEVA and
Elnara ABDULLAIEVA

Back in 2014 we had to relocate to Kyiv. We had to mobilize so that Crimean Tatar unique identity endures. Switzerland was our first partner in this long and difficult process. Its support has been crucial for inclusion our traditional Crimean Tatar ornament “Ornek” in the UNESCO Representative List of intangible cultural heritage of Humanity. In doing so, we not only protect our community’s identity but we also contribute to the development of the Ukrainian cultural sphere. Back when we initiated our projects, Crimean Tatars were perceived as foreign to the Ukrainian culture. Through our activities we actualize the presence of indigenous peoples in Ukrainian society and demonstrate to the world the cultural diversity of the pro-European Ukraine and cultural dialog within the country build on the mutual respect.

#StandWithUkraine

Since 24th February 2022 In the ongoing chaos, my husband and I have tried to keep our heads cool, not to panic and to make informed decisions to save resources to help people around. We decided to stay in Kyiv and to volunteer as much as possible. We encountered some incredible unity with people, even those we did not know before, with some unconditional mutual trust. We witnessed some actions that deserve sincere respect. This is what we want to preserve to restore Ukraine. Dramatic and tragic events of our history - the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars, the 2014 annexation of Crimea, the 2022 war - hardened our cultural identity, strengthened resilience and largely shaped our cultural immunity. It is this quality that motivates me to be at the forefront of the cultural effort today. I need to defend the borders of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar cultural heritage, in search of common meanings filled with mutual respect and mutual support of two indomitable peoples. We move forward to realise our dreams and ideas, despite the challenges posed by a senseless war. So, in the framework of the Swiss-supported project "Meanings that unite People", we gather people regardless of nationality and religion, barriers and distances, around the idea of unity. I am proud that we have such a wonderful country and such incredible, strong-minded peoples.

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