AMASRA, Turkey (AP) — “My one and only, where are you,” a mother shouted at a cemetery next to a freshly laid mound of dirt. She could not digest the death of her 33-year-old son, killed in the explosion of a coal mine in northern Turkey.
Selcuk Ayvaz was among the first to be buried, following a funeral on Saturday where his coffin was wrapped in the red and white Turkish flag. Relatives told her stunned 3-year-old daughter to say goodbye to her coffin. His wife, who is expecting their third child – a boy – any day now, was distraught, slowly eating a bar of chocolate from the hand of a social worker.