World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's IHH, Humanitarian Relief Foundation, said distributed humanitarian aid in Haiti following a magnitude-7 quake devastated the country.
IHH said in a statement sen to World Bulletin, "our team consisting of 50 persons distributed 50 tons of relief supplies to families."
"The relief supplies are purchased in neighboring country, the Dominican Republic and sent to Haiti by trucks," IHH said.
Some members of the IHH team went to the Dominican Republic to get new relief supplies.
Halil Demir, who coordinates IHH assistance in Haiti, said "We distributed water and food to people who took refuge in Tawhid and Fatiha Mosques, as well as a church."
"During this distribution, a child hug me and said 'please do not leave me.' I was so affected by this scene. I thought about my own child. Earthquake struck children the most. Thousands of children were orphaned. To see women and children waiting for help hungry and thirsty kills me. It is a very difficult situation. Whole world should be mobilized for Haiti," he said.
Talking about the difficulties during the distribution work, Demir said the security forces accompany IHH teams during the delivery of aid. He says that people want water, rice, cooking oil, antibiotics, soap, diapers, baby food.
Halil Demir also talked about the search and rescue efforts and, said, 7 days after the earthquake people still coming out alive from the wreckage.
The foundation also launched aid campaing for the quake victims in Turkey.
A powerful earthquake devastated Haiti on January 12.
The quake killed tens of thousands of people and left thousands of others homeless and destitute. It was the most devastating quake recorded in the last two centuries.
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