A Woman Survivor from Pontus

Panagia Soumela in Trebizond. (Photo by Eurokinissi/AMEN/Nikos Papachristos)

I am an Asia Minor refugee named Melina Panayotides from the Black Sea city of Trebizond. When the Kemalists won the war, the Turkish soldiers started to round us up and took us to transit camps close to the Asia Minor coast to be taken to Greece.

We marched from Trebizond down to Adana near the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, we marched in long convoys of men, women, and children passing through high snow-capped mountains, crossing wide rivers and desert …

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