Turkish man commits suicide due to economic troubles

A Turkish man identified with his initials, M.Ç., committed suicide in the central province of Konya because he could not pay his debts, second of such an incident in just over a week, Cumhuriyet reported on Sunday.

Thirty-seven-year-old truck driver, who was married and had two children, hanged himself in a truck terminal in Konya because he was in depression due to his debts, main opposition deputy Erdal Aksünger said.

A Turkish man set himself on fire in front of the governorate in Turkey’s southern Hatay province on Feb. 8, after shouting out that his children were hungry and that he had been unemployed for a long time.

Turkey has seen an increase in suicides throughout last year, with many victims citing poverty and unemployment as their reason for taking their own lives. 

Unemployment in the country has reached 14 percent, while Turkish lira depreciated by 30 percent against the dollar in the aftermath of Turkey’s rift with the United States.