13-Year-Old Teaches Kurdish in Turkey by The World published on 2012/08/24 20:20:39 +0000 Speaking Kurdish in Turkey used to get you in a lot of trouble. Back in 1991, a Kurdish politician was jailed for 10 years for taking the oath of office in Kurdish. Turkey had a ban on Kurdish in public places. As a result, Kurdish children in Turkey didn't speak Kurdish in school, and sometimes their parents didn't speak it at home, so many young people grew up without a firm grasp of the Kurdish language. But one young teacher in the southeast Turkish city of Diyarbakir is trying to remedy that.