Salopek walks his way across eastern Turkey from Diyabakir, the main city of the primarily Kurdish region in the southeast, and then north into the country of Georgia. In the process he visits Ani, the ruins of an ancient city that was primarily Armenian. Through his blog articles he sheds light on the genocide against the approximately 1.5 million Armenians, a case for which considerable evidence has been building. Opinions and ideas about this are told through some of the local people of Diyabakir.
In his latest blog we learn that he has been spending the night “under minarets”, in mosques, and that where he is in Turkey has become quite snowy.
Paul Salopek of the Out Of Eden Walk, has been walking from the cradle of humanity, the great African Rift Valley in present-day Ethiopia.
He plans to walk the entire journey following the rough path of man’s great pre-history expansion across the globe while he discusses modern issues. His journey will take seven years and will finish in South America. National Geographic is publishing his dispatches and full journalistic pieces. He is also collecting audio files, photos and photographic panoramas at regular intervals.
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