Turkey, so far, has collected 447.6 million Turkish lira (TL) in an effort to help famine-stricken Africa, especially Somalia. (one USD equals 1.766 TL)
Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) collected 93 million TL, Turkish Religious Affairs Authority collected 174.5 million TL as 180.1 million TL was collected in several other campaigns launched across the country.
Turkey has so far sent 9 planes and 7 ships of humanitarian relief supplies to Somalia.
The Human Rights and Freedoms (IHH) Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Turkish International Cooperation & Development Agency (TIKA), Turkish Health Ministry and Turkish Red Crescent are among the Turkish institutions helping Africa.
Meanwhile, TIKA stated that it extended an assistance worth of 10 million USD to 34 countries in Africa in 2010. 8.7 percent of the total assistance TIKA collected was sent to Africa.
Turkey extended 40 million USD within the scope of the development of African countries between 2006 and 2010.
The Horn of Africa is currently suffering from its worst drought in the past 60 years. Studies reveal that the disaster has put nearly 12 million people at risk of starvation across the region.
Somalia is among the countries worst hit by the drought. Turkey has recently initiated an aid campaign and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visited several refugee camps in the country.
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