After 3 years fighting, Korean war ended in 27 July 1953. The courage and support of Turkish soldiers in this war has never been forgotten .
When Turkish soldiers sailed from Iskenderun horbour to Korea where thousans of kilometers away from their own country, the date was 17 September 1950. 5.083 soldiers were sent to Korea, our brother country, to help them in their difficult times.
Koreans named every force joining the war and Kutup Yıldızı (Pole star) was the name of Turkish soldiers
.Throughout the war Turkish soldiers showed great courage and heroness so that many years after Korean war , In Korean people’s eyes Kutup Yıldızı became the symbol of thankfulness.
The war lasted for three years and 23.000 Turkish soldiers were on duty while 721 were dead during the fighting.
The war was remembered by the movie “Ayla”
It has been many long years since the the war is over .Recently people remembered those awful days by the movie “Ayla” based on a true story.
In the movie we watch a loving and caring relation between a Turkish Soldier and a five year old girl who lost her family in the war.
Turkish soldier ,Süleyman Dilbirliği, found her in the battle field and named “Ayla” as he thought she had a beautiful face like moon.In Turkish “moon” means “Ay”. He loved her so much and took care of her as is his own child that he wanted to take her to his country as his daughter but he couldn’t get any permission for this.
60 years passed and these two met again . No need to say , the story is really emotional.
The movie was loved and watched by over 5 million people in the cinemas. After movie’s great success there hasn’t been long time, Süleyman Dilbirliği died.
The tie between Turkey and Korea is so strong that even now Koreans and Turkish people see each other as brothers...