Turkish ASU student tells of turmoil in wake of military coup

Turkish ASU student tells of turmoil in wake of military coup
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It's always hard to be away from home, but it's especially difficult when your country is in turmoil.
 
We spoke to one young man who left Turkey just last year to attend ASU. 
 
And although he's happy to be here, he's concerned for his family
 
Thanks to technology, the world was able to watch the chaotic events of Turkey's military coup unfold, hitting close to home, especially for people like 28-year-old Mert Ozer.
 
"I'm kind of ashamed that I cannot help, I am here in a secure environment." 
 
Mert says that of course turkey has a tumultuous past, but he was shocked when he heard what was happening in his home. 
 
His family described to him how it all started. 
 
"At first they said that the army claimed that it's just a precaution, for a terrorist attack, they started to block the way of the main roads and at first people were just curious, and later soldiers started to warn people 'to just go back home."
 
That’s when chaos and violence erupted.
 
A reported death toll of 265 and at least 2,800 military personnel detained. 
 
Mert describes finally getting into contact with his sister, who found refuge in a safe house.
 
"This morning I talked to her and she was literally crying and for five or six minutes she couldn't stop crying cause maybe after 10 minutes she was hearing bombings and shootings and at the same time some Islamic counter coup people were shouting religious stuff." 
 
Mert says all of his family and friends are thankfully okay, but rattled and unsure of Turkey's future. 
 
"And the jets were flying really low levels, and the effect of that sound was shattering the windows and one windows was broken and just traumatic experiences which we're not used to as much."
 
Mert says his family has no plans to leave Turkey, adding that he'd like to go visit them, but will wait until things settle down first. 

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