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Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

AFAD Opens Iftar with Orphans 12 June 2018

Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) gave an Iftar dinner for Syrian orphans living in the Çobanbey district of the Euphrates Shield region.

Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu and a delegation accompanying him along with members of civil society organizations active in the Euphrates Shield region attended the İftar dinner organized for Syrian orphans. Stationary and toys were distributed to children after dinner.

Children were treated to games in an inflatable playground and a show by clowns from Turkey.

AFAD and Turkish Red Crescent officials distributed food baskets to refugees from Eastern Ghouta residing in el Bil camp at Azez district’s Soran village near the Turkish border.

Speaking during the İftar dinner, Dr. Güllüoğlu said, “Today, we are gathered in the Çobanbey logistical center in Syria. We had İftar dinner with the orphans of Euphrates Shield region. We brought gifts from Turkey. We distributed stationary and toys.”

Dr. Güllüoğlu stated that he had the opportunity to chat with children and Turkey’s support to them will continue in the future.

"As long as we regard dealing with well-situated families in Turkey as a duty, we must take care of the children in this region who have no parents,” said Güllüoğlu adding that AFAD has been distributing food baskets and hygiene products as well as other aid packages.

"We have founded camps offering shelter to more than 20 thousand people”

Noting that there was a recent immigration flow to the regions cleansed after the Operation Euphrates Shield, Head of AFAD Dr. Güllüoğlu went on to say the following:

“We have founded camps in the Euphrates Shield region offering shelter to more than 20 thousand people. We are trying to respond the needs of people living in these camps, now. The war in Syria still going on and new requirements emerge as the war does not end. Still, there are hundreds of thousands of people who need help. Due to this reason, our mission here has not ended.”

Güllüoğlu congratulated the holy Laylat al-Qadr (the Quran's first revelation to Prophet Mohammad) of the whole Islamic world and asked those who want to make donation to write “Palestine” and send it to “1866” as a message via AFAD’s webpage.

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