“One kilo of bananas, please!” 83-year-old Yuksel shouts down from her fourth-floor window to the grocery store’s store on the nook of her Istanbul avenue earlier than decreasing her basket on a rope.
Weighing the bananas, the chatty grocer places them in a bag, hundreds up the basket taking the cash left inside and calls as much as his ready buyer: “Pull!”
Yuksel does so, till the basket is again as much as her window the place she takes the groceries inside.
The age-old follow, nonetheless a well-recognized sight on the streets of Istanbul, has gained new relevance since Turkish authorities introduced on Sunday that they had been ordering folks aged over 65 to remain at house within the battle in opposition to the brand new coronavirus.
“Earlier than, we had been receiving perhaps 10 orders a day and this quantity has reached 50 now,” grocer Zafer Gundogdu within the Ferikoy neighbourhood of Istanbul’s Sisli district, instructed AFP.
“No matter they want, we’re on the disposal of our outdated shoppers, both filling baskets dropped or delivering at their door from 7:00 am till 10:00 pm.”
Butcher Zeynel Ozuner, whose enterprise is in the identical neighbourhood, says that he’s doing what he can to make sure the aged don’t go with out.
“They’re additionally our neighbours. We ship them bread or a newspaper, not simply meat,” he mentioned.
Turkey as of Wednesday had formally recorded 44 deaths from coronavirus, most of them, based on Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca, had been aged folks.
“I’m interesting to our elders. This society wants your life expertise… Please don’t threat your life and keep on with the measures,” Koca urged this week.
In addition to the order for the aged to remain house, authorities have taken a raft of measures from shutting faculties and universities to banning mass prayers however to this point have stopped wanting a full lockdown.
– Swinging in parks –
Many aged had flocked to outside areas and stuffed parks on a sunny Saturday earlier than the ban entered into drive regardless of authorities pleas to remain house.
Within the southern metropolis of Adiyaman, older folks might be seen taking a activate a swing or seesaw in a youngsters’s park.
One of many outdated males even pushed his swinging good friend with the assistance of his strolling stick.
Youthful folks in the meantime took to social media, expressing hopes that the state would declare a “state of emergency” as they had been unable to maintain their dad and mom at house and had been frightened.
Some municipalities throughout Turkey nonetheless have taken extra drastic measures.
Park benches have been uprooted from the bottom by native officers in Uskudar on the Asian facet of Istanbul to discourage older folks from going out.
The municipality additionally shared a witty tweet: “We love you however do not drive us to do that,” it learn, exhibiting an image of an outdated man about to go away his condo constructing who finds his avenue dug up by a bulldozer.
Within the northwestern metropolis of Edirne, parks had been circled by a wire fence, whereas in Ankara, authorities suspended free public bus rides for the aged.
– ‘Not honest’-
Ester Hazan, a 70-year-old girl residing in Istanbul, complained that the ban ought to be in place for everybody, not simply the aged.
She had ventured out within the morning to do meals purchasing so as to take care of her 100-year-old father who’s staying along with her, she mentioned.
However, she was caught out by a shopkeeper.
“He threatened to name the police and yelled at me to go house.
“I can’t stand this,” she mentioned, including that she couldn’t order issues by cellphone as she frightened about being tricked.
“This isn’t honest. Both everyone seems to be in or everyone seems to be out,” Hazan mentioned.
For Yuksel, having her groceries hoisted up by way of the window doesn’t put paid to all her considerations.
“I’m so unhappy, I’m caught at house,” she instructed AFP from her window, visibly upset.
However not all of these affected are determined.
“I’ve been at house for 2 weeks, I’m not bored,” 83-year-old Mehmet Ozcan enthusiastically instructed AFP from his window, carrying a pink beanie.
“I’ve an enormous backyard the place I’ve recollections. I even have an curiosity in footage.,” he mentioned.
“I have been amassing outdated household images for 35, 40 years. That is how I’m maintaining myself busy and spending time.”
Like different aged folks in Istanbul, Lutfiye Yesilbas, 89, lowers down her basket to obtain groceries, after over 65-year olds had been confined at house to assist defend them from the unfold of coronavirus
Turkish Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca has urged the aged to not threat their lives and to stay to the confinement measures
Decreasing down a basket to obtain groceries is an age-old follow in Istanbul however has gained new relevance underneath coronavirus restrictions