A man with two wives and 19 children fears his family may starve to death after being unemployed Coronavirus Pandemic.
Papa Zeher Gezer named his newest newborn Yeter – which means “enough”.
He lost his job due to the coronavirus pandemic and said, “If I had known this was going to happen, I would not have had that many children.”
Zeher, who lives in the city of the same name in Diyarbakir in the southeastern Turkish province, has 19 children between his two wives.
And although he and his wives love their large families, he said it was a struggle to make ends meet.
He said the pandemic left him unable to work and he was even struggling to support his family.
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Mothers Dilber and Ikramiye Gezer both said they were happy with the arrangement.
They admitted that they didn’t get along at first, but are now like siblings and even support each other in the crowded house.
Zeher’s first wife Dilber, mother of 10, said: “At first I was jealous of his newly married wife and even a little sad, but now we are like sisters.
“She has children and so do I. Her children are mine and mine are hers.”
The financial difficulties, which have often resulted in not enough food on the table, have also resulted in four of the girls and one boy not being able to go to school and the family taking one of their seventh grade girls out of school as well had to.
Zeher said he was hoping to support his family himself.
But he lost his job because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added, “If I had known this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have had that many children.”
The 19 children, who often go to bed without food, hope that the local authorities will help.
Zeher said: “I appeal to the state, the Prime Minister and the President. We need them to protect us. We live miserably, if we don’t get help soon, we could all die of hunger. “