Monday, March 14, 2011

Turkish woman chases UFOs around Lake Van

Semra Şalvan Cezlan says an unidentified swimming object might be found in Lake Van. Photo by Levent ARSLANSemra Şalvan Cezlan is a civil engineer married with a daughter and the representative of a consultancy firm in the eastern province of Van. It’s an ordinary life, as she put it. But some believe Cezlan is an informer due to her area of interest and yet others think she is schizophrenic. For Cezlan is an “ufologist.” She plans to pitch a tent at Lake Van and observe aliens, because she claims the Lake Van monster is an USO, a type of UFO that knows how to swim.

Cezlan smiles and says, “I don’t have any intention to make others believe.” She seems seasoned to being mocked all the time, even at home.

Cezlan has been doing research on extraterrestrials for a decade. She has helped people who say that they saw a UFO or aliens for the last two years, gets in contact with them, gives the message, “You are not alone,” and explains what probably happens next. Her interest in UFOs goes back to her childhood.

“I was 6 or 7. We were living in Balıkesir. One day, I saw three green creatures in the backyard of the house. They were as tall as I was. Big black eyes, a tiny mouth, two holes in place of a nose. We played together once in a while during a year. When I realized that I was the only one who could see them, I got scared. In fact, they didn’t show up again. Years later, I ran across them in science and technology magazines.”

Could she be affected by films or exaggerating to get attention?

“Let’s say that I had a psychological problem and I made this up. But now, many people say the same thing. Is everyone hallucinating?” she asks.

During her high school years, she dreamed about studying astronomy and space science. But her family did not approve, and so she decided to pursue the same profession as her uncle. She passed the entry exams for Dicle University’s civil engineering department and moved to the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

In those years, she became acquainted with the Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Center in Istanbul. ...

via Turkish woman chases UFOs around Lake Van - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review.

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