At this time of the year Turkey’s nomadic Yoruk tribe usually prepare to set off on the long trip north with their herd of animals.

This 1,000 year old tradition has been hindered by the current coronavirus outbreak.

The summer migration of the Sarikecili tribe who are one of the oldest in Turkey has been delayed until after May 1st.

Usually the tribe leaves from Mersin in April and travel 600 kilometres north to the central Anatolian province of Konya, arriving in July before making the return trip a few days later.

It is feared that maybe around 70,000 small ruminants will be destroyed due to the excessive temperatures if the ban on crossing between provinces continues in May.

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