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Turkish aid campaigns open doors worldwide

Turkish aid campaigns open doors worldwide
From Al Jazeera - November 11, 2017

Turkish aid campaigns worldwide will open new doors in political, commercial, and diplomatic ties, as well as human affairs, according to the head of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, Mehmet Gulluoglu said that his agency is operating hand-in-hand with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Red Crescent to fulfill humanitarian needs.

AFAD, founded in 2009, is a disaster relief organization affiliated to the Turkish Prime Ministry, said Gulluoglu, speaking on the sidelines of a summit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) General Assembly.

''In fact, AFAD was an institution focused on disaster and civil defence issues. Since 2011, we have been involved in many activities related to immigration,'' he said.

''AFAD is setting up camps for victims in Turkey and abroad. We are building shelters and camps in Somalia, Palestine, and lately a camp in Bangladesh for 100,000 people.

''As the institutions of Turkey gain experience, as we increase our economic strength, it is our duty to share our experience and wealth with others, especially with the needy.''

Muslims have a duty to help others

''Helping others and making donations are a religious requirement for Muslims," said Gulluoglu.

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