Turkey’s IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has fed around 9,000 people who fled to Somalian capital Mogadishu to escape drought, the aid agency said Tuesday.
Water wells dug by the foundation were providing drinking water to 20,000 people a day, it added in a statement.
People have been fleeing to the city since the start of the year from drought-hit rural areas.
Somalia is one of four countries facing famine due to severe drought, according to the UN. In August, malnutrition reached emergency levels in southern and central Somalia, including 388,000 acutely malnourished children.
“The drought disaster that began affecting in the beginning of 2017 turned into a refugee crisis in December,” IHH’s east Africa coordinator Ismail Songur said.
Turkish group sends winter clothing to Syrian orphans
Turkey-based Yetim Foundation on Sunday delivered winter clothing to 47 orphans from Syria's northern Aleppo city."Last year in Aleppo, we had transported 47 orphans who were stuck in the basement of an orphanage to a safe area. This year, we extended a helping hand to them by giving them winter clothes," the foundation said in a statement.Mehmet Gulsatar, chairman of the foundation, said he has witnessed the struggle of the orphans fighting for survival."They had been rescued from Aleppo and were forced to change their places twice due to air strikes. Now they are safe in Jarabulus," he added. Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN officials.Turkey wants to bring wounded from Syria's Ghouta for treatment
Turkey wants to bring wounded from Syria's Ghouta for treatment
Turkey is working with Russia to evacuate around 500 people from the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday."There are around 500 people, including 170 children and women who need urgent humanitarian aid," Erdogan said ahead of his departure on an official visit to Sudan.He said he had discussed the issue with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Ankara aimed to bring people in need of assistance to Turkey to provide treatment and care.The Russian and Turkish chiefs of staff would discuss the steps to be taken in operations that would also involve the Turkish Red Cresent and Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Organisation (AFAD), Erdoğan said.In November, the U.N. humanitarian adviser for Syria called the situtation in eastern Ghouta a humanitarian emergency.Turkish aid agency reaches Syrian baby Karim
Turkish aid agency reaches Syrian baby Karim
The Turkish Red Crescent has reached an injured Syrian infant who has drawn widespread support from social media users worldwide."Our friends have reached the baby, and we are meeting his needs," the head of the agency, Kerem Kınık, announced Friday on his Twitter account.Two-month-old Karim Abdallah, who lost both his left eye and his mother in an air strike last month on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, has become a symbol of resistance to Bashar al-Assad's regime.Kınık said Karim has awakened people’s sense of humanity with his eye injured by “dirty bombs”.He added that the attack on an innocent child has brought to light the reality of 400,000 people living under siege for five years. “It is a war crime to confine civilians to hunger,” Kınık wrote.Kınık also shared photos of the Red Crescent team with Karim on his account.#KerimBebek kirli bombaların yaraladığı gözü ile kalp gözü kör olmuş insanlığı uyandırıyor.400.000 insan 5 yıldır muharasa altında ve insanlık bu gerçekliği Kerim’in masumiyeti olmasa görmeyecek. Sivil insanları açlığa mahkum etmek savaş suçudur, ARTIK YETER! pic.twitter.com/twfCNBsco2— Dr Kerem Kınık (@drkerem) 22 Aralık 2017 Since Anadolu Agency first reported the story of the Syrian baby who became a symbol of Eastern Ghouta, an area besieged by the Bashar al-Assad regime, thousands of people -- both ordinary and well-known -- wanting to show support for Karim have joined campaigns on social media.Thousands of Eastern Ghouta’s residents have been killed or injured during the five-year siege of the rebel-held region.The blockade has left the district’s 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and has paralyzed local healthcare facilities.Twitter users across the world have posted pictures of themselves with their hand over an eye to show their support. Even some statesmen and celebrities have taken part, including Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft and French footballer Franck Ribery.