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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Turkish aid for Somalia close to 400 million Turkish Lira

The Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate has announced that Turkish aid for Somalia has now reached a total of 393.39 million Turkish Lira, around $225 million since the start of the Turkish initiative to help Somalia.

So far, Turkey has sent eight planes and four ships to Somalia containing many relief supplies as the country suffers from the worst drought to hit Africa for more than 60 years. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even visited the country to pledge more aid and help from Turkey to Somalia.

The total collected by Turkey so far symbolises how important of an issue this is to Turkey and how much the country is doing in efforts to raise awareness and to help fund support for Somalia. The directorate has so far collected 86.5 million Turkish Lira, the Religious Affairs Directorate has so far collected 142 million Turkish Lira, and there has been 164.89 million Turkish Lira collected through several other campaigns across Turkey.

Somalia is currently in dire need of help and supplies as millions of people are suffering every day from starvation and shortage of supplies. Turkey is in a position at the moment to offer help and assistance to Somalia as Turkey is in a very strong position economically and has decided to help with aid to Somalia.

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