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The donkey of Hodja

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Neither Kadri Gürsel nor his freedom can be compared to a lost and found donkey, but our situation is very much like a Nasreddin Hodja joke.

One day Nasreddin Hodja lost his donkey. As Hodja very much needed his donkey to go from one place to another, he was very much affected and became desperate because of his donkey’s absence. He knocks on every door, consults all neighbors and asks them if they saw his donkey. The donkey was missing and no one apparently had any idea where it might have gone. A while later Hodja finds his donkey in a nearby field and starts repeating out loud, “Thank God!” Wondering what happened, why he was thanking God, neighbors ask, “Hodja, why are you thanking God so much?”

All smiles, Hodja tells the neighbors, “I have two reasons. Both are very important. First, I am grateful that I was not on the donkey when it was lost, otherwise I would be lost too.” The neighbors burst into laughter and ask Hodja, “Come on Hodja, be serious. What is the other reason?” With an even bigger smile on his face,........

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