Residing in the Türkoğlu district of Kahramanmaraş, Bayram Oğul, 68, who is known as the "Turkish Robinson Crusoe" in reference to the famous fictional character Robinson Crusoe, returned to his shack on Gavur Lake after the lake's water level returned to normal. Oğul has lived in his shack for almost 50 years, but had to leave due to the drought the region experienced last year. He lives like Crusoe in his reed shack on a small island, which formed naturally between two water evacuation channels on the lake.
Oğul spends most of his time fishing. When the water level diminished last year, he went back to live with his family. He considers his radio, shotgun and luxury lamp as his friends. Oğul told that he was a specialist sergeant years ago but lost his son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in an accident. Upon their death, he isolated himself from urban life. Having become the symbol of Gavur Lake, Oğul spends a few days with his family and then returns to his hut. "They ask me to stay, but I like my life. They are used to it and know I am happy there," he said, adding the lake entirely dried out for the first time in 52 years."
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