Turkey will provide scholarships for 500 Somali students to study in Turkish universities in the upcoming academic year, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said.
According to Bozdağ, 230 students will attend private universities, while 270 students will be able to study in state universities in Turkey’s newly established scholarship program for Somali students.
Speaking at a meeting in his hometown in the Aydıncık district of Yozgat province, where he spent the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the minister shared information on Turkey’s aid campaigns in Somalia. Health is the urgent issue in Somalia, he said, and for that reason Turkey will set up five field hospitals equipped with medical supplies and health personnel, in addition to the existing field hospital, which was set up by Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Health on Aug. 19.
In addition, he said the Ministry of Forest and Water also conducts searches for water in Somalia. “TOKİ [the Housing Development Administration of Turkey] will build houses for Somalis. You may ask where the money for this is coming from. The state has not spent a penny on this. Charity campaigns have been launched by the public, by you. These people are so rich in their hearts and ready to give anything to the needy,” he said.