Kürşat Bayhan (Photo: Sunday’s Zaman)
Nearly 300 families live in the village where they first settled in the 1920s in the exchange of populations. The second generation people who left their homelands behind made a new life for themselves here. The land along the valley nearby the village is their source of life because they rely on agricultural production. This land was a desert back then; when they first settled there, the desert scenes of the Turkish movies were shoot in this area; now it is an agricultural oasis thanks to the earth they transported there. Every family has its share in the land where they perform organic agriculture; they sell their products in Sarıyer Bazaar. However, the families have faced a danger of losing their lands many times. Villagers say: “First, İSKİ wanted to create water purification plant here; then they confiscated.