Introducing Tumaris, 18, a student based in Istanbul! 1. How would you describe the city you live in? Istanbul is an incredibly beautiful and ancient city. Since it has one of the largest populations of Uyghurs in the diaspora, sometimes it feels like you’re living in our homeland. And although you might get tired of how crowded it can get, you can always find a quiet spot to rest for a while. 2. What are you passionate about? I love reading books and writing. With my father’s encouragement, I started memorising poetry as a kid. I’m also interested in learning languages and enjoy helping my mother cook. 3. What inspires you the most? The more I learn about the long history of our country and the oppression we are facing now, the more I realise the importance of perfecting my skills and maturing in all aspects of myself. I think my biggest inspiration comes from my father’s advice and counsel.