A dad with two wives and 19 children has named his latest baby Yeter – which means ‘enough’.
Dad Zeher Gezer, who lives in the city of Diyarbakir in the south-eastern Turkish province of the same name, has fathered 19 children with his two wives.
And although he and his wives love their family, he says it is a struggle to make ends meet, and now with the coronavirus pandemic he's been unable to find work and is even struggling to feed his family.
In Turkey, polygamy is illegal but it is possible to get round it by only marrying a second wife religiously, but not registering it as a legal marriage.
A man who wants to have more than one wife will have an Islamic marriage, but not a registry office marriage, then live together as man and wives, while at the same time avoiding legal sanctions.
The children’s mothers, Dilber and Ikramiye Gezer, both say they are happy with the arrangement, although, they admit that they did not get along at first but are now like siblings and even support each other in the crowded house.
Zeher’s first wife Dilber, mother of 10 children, said: “At first I was jealous of his newly-married wife and even a little sad, but now we are like sisters.
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“She has children and so do I. Her children are mine and mine are hers.”
The financial difficulties that have meant there is often not enough food on the table, have also meant that four of the girls and one boy are unable to go to school, and the family had to take one of their Year 7 girls out of school too.
Zeher said he had hoped to provide for his family himself, but lost his job because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added: “If I knew this was going to happen, I would not have had so many kids."
The 19 children, who often have to go to bed without eating, are hoping that the local authorities will extend a helping hand.
Zeher said: “I am appealing to the state, the prime minister, and the president. We need them to protect us. We are living miserably, if we do not get help soon we could all die of hunger.”
The case has sparked heated discussion on social media, with many people making racist references to the fact that the family are Kurdish and complaining that there will soon be in the majority with their large families.
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