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130-year-old Kurdish man reveals secret to long life

By Rudaw 5/6/2018

In the Kurdish village of Anda in southeastern Turkey is Haji Musa.

He says he is 130 years old and remembers everything he has done — even seeing Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

"I saw him twice...” he tells Rudaw's Mehdi Mutlu. “He came to Kadikoy three times and met with the soldiers."

Musa served four years as a conscript in the Turkish Army.

"I served in Kadikoy and Istanbul," explains Haji Musa.

Even the famine of the late 1920s and 30s, Musa recalls.

"Yes, there was nothing to eat at all, only flour," he told Rudaw's Mehdi Mutlu." No, there was hunger and famine. There was nothing. People left their homes. They migrated."

Haji thanks God for prolonging his life and "I never worried myself."

His wife Aunti, 110, explains how they came to be married.

"He was a handsome guy and all knew that," she boasts. "It's just fate and destiny."

She was asked if she would permit Haji Musa to remarry if she were to die.

"No, I won't," she replies, explaining that they we will die on the same day: "one of us in the morning and one in the evening."


irfan | 5/6/2018
Very long time and he still look very healthy. He can be famous in Turkey if he can write a book about his secrets for long life, especialy his diet..
serwan | 5/6/2018
I don't believe this, he doesn't look a day over 100 probably somewhere in his nineties. official record stands at 122 for now.
Mac | 6/6/2018
He’s not even close to 130. Perhaps he’s in his late 80s or early 90s. The oldest confirmed person ever was Louise clamant of France who died at the age of 122. Rudaw is busted again!
A bajalan | 6/6/2018
If he were a soldier and met Ataturk, then he can not be 130. let us say as a soldier he was 18 years old and met Mustepha Ataturk in late 20es , he would be just over a hundred years. To be 130 years old , he would have to remember the first war world or the days of Caliphate.
uzma | 7/6/2018
there was no age limit for recruiting soldiar back then. as long u could stand on 2 feets u were drafted to fight

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