Nation-wide aid effort for Syrians
Turkish NGOs launching "Bread&Blanket for Syria", a nation-wide aid campaign for civil war-stricken Syrians


Several Turkish non-governmental organizations on Thursday launched "Bread and Blanket for Syria", a nation-wide aid campaign for civil war-stricken Syrians.
A meeting was held at Istanbul's Halic Convention Hall for the inauguration of the campaign and it was attended by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, head of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez, President of the Turkish Red Crescent Society Ahmet Lutfi Akar, head of Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) Fuat Oktay, Chairman of Hak-Is Labor Union Mahmut Arslan and Chairman of Memur-Sen Civil Servants Union Ahmet Gundogdu.
The aid campaign is supported by nearly 200 NGOs including Union of Civil Society Organizations of the Islamic World, Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association of Turkey (MUSIAD), Turkish Volunteer Institutions Foundation, Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), Deniz Feneri Association, Cansuyu Aid Association, Yardimeli Association, Ensar Foundation, Verenel Association and Istanbul International Brotherhood and Assistance Association.
The online campaign -- at websites and in Turkish, English and Arabic -- is aimed at extending humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees who face severe shortages of food and electricity as well as cold weather.
News media outlets including television channels, daily newspapers, radio channels and news agencies are also supporting the aid effort.
An international inauguration of the campaign is set to be made in January next year.

Last Modified: 2012-12-27 10:32:04
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