Turkey extends helping hand to Haiti quake victims

Turkey extends helping hand to Haiti quake victims

January 16, 2010, Saturday/ 17:02:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
The Turkish state and charity organizations have rolled up their sleeves to extend a helping hand to Haiti, where tens of thousands of people are feared dead and many are believed to still be trapped alive under rubble after a magnitude-7.0 quake hit the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Tuesday.

The Prime Ministry General Directorate for Emergency Management has announced that it will send a mobile hospital and humanitarian aid to Haiti. In a statement released yesterday, the directorate said a mobile hospital from the Health Ministry, two health screening vehicles, a team of 20 medical workers, 10 tons of medication and medical equipment would be sent. Tents, blankets and food from the Turkish Red Crescent will also be sent to the quake-stricken region as well as a plane from the Turkish General Staff.

The Turkey-based Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) has already sent aid to Haiti in two cargo planes, which contained blankets, clothes, drugs and baby food. A statement by the İHH asked Turkish people who would like to contribute to the İHH’s efforts to contact the foundation. The Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) association has also launched an aid campaign titled “Haiti Waits for Emergency Help” for Haiti’s quake victims. A group of Kimse Yok Mu volunteers residing in the US have contacted UN officials asking to go to Haiti as soon as possible to help quake victims. Another group of volunteers from Turkey is also set to travel to Haiti. The foundation plans to provide food, medical supplies and water for the region, where aid workers fear more could die due to hunger.

Volunteers can donate to Kimse Yok Mu efforts by visiting the association’s Web site (www.kimseyokmu.org.tr) or by sending an SMS to 5777 and writing HAITI on Avea or Vodafone cell phones and TL 5 will be donated to Kimse Yok Mu on your behalf.

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