Woman Who Was 16 When WWI Broke Out Dies Aged 122

Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency:  Newsflash

A Turkish great grandmother who was a teenager during World War I has passed away at the age of 122.

Emine Baytar, who lived in the neighbourhood of Andac in the district of Edremit in the south-eastern Turkish city of Van, died on 4th December.

Her identity card said that she was born in 1898 in the Caucasus region, and lived with her 65-year-old grandson Faris Baytar and his family until she died.

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Emine was 16 years old when World War I broke out and her hometown was briefly held under Russian control.

After the War of Independence, the Eastern Anatolian lands lost by the Ottoman Empire in World War I were taken back from Russia by the Turkish Republic.

Emine Baytar was 25 years old when peace finally reigned in her homeland.

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She had five children in her youth, which was a period of post-war difficulties and poverty.

She also had nearly 80 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Edremit mayor Ismail Say shared the news of Emine Baytar’s death on his social media account, saying: “Grandma Emine, Turkey’s oldest woman, who was 122 years old and had many great-grandchildren, has passed away.”

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The mayor added: “May she rest in peace. I offer my condolences to all her family and relatives.”

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