Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate collected 222.4 million Turkish lira (TL) as an assistance to Africa which is suffering from a severe drought and hunger. (one USD equals 1.784 TL)
Religious Affairs Director Mehmet Gormez said on Friday that several campaigns had been carried out by Religious Affairs Directorate, Religious Affairs Foundation and the Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) within the scope of the assistance.
Gormez said that Religious Affairs Directorate collected 129.6 million TL, Religious Affairs Foundation collected 64.3 million TL, institutions and organizations in Europe collected 18.4 million TL, and TOBB collected 10 million TL as of September 15.
Gormez added that they would conclude the campaigns after reaching 250 million TL of assistance.
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 initiated an aid campaign and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visited several refugee camps in the country.
Turkey extended 40 million USD within the scope of the development of African countries between 2006 and 2010.
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