Turkish Red Crescent admired in the world, PM Davutoğlu says

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 04.04.2016 23:11
Updated 04.04.2016 23:26
Choir of Turkish and Syrian children gave a concert prior to the opening of Turkish Red Crescent's ordinary general assembly. (DHA Photo)
Choir of Turkish and Syrian children gave a concert prior to the opening of Turkish Red Crescent's ordinary general assembly. (DHA Photo)

Turkish Red Crescent has improved so much and has become so strong in the last 13 years that today everybody admires it enviously, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said.

In remarks made during the Turkish Red Crescent's ordinary general assembly at the ATO Congresium in the Turkish capital Ankara Monday, Davutoğlu said: "Red Crescent means affection, because people who cannot feel affection for the ones created by God, who cannot look into the eyes of a child with affection and who cannot hold the hand of a suffering person under earthquake debris with affection [they] cannot be a member of the Red Crescent."

Davutoğlu also said that Turkish Red Crescent was different from other similar organizations.

"Red Crescent means conscience," he PM said, and "being conscientious requires responding to other people with the voice of only your conscience," he added.

"Being conscientious is not to ask the identity, religion, ethnicity, country or gender of a person to whom you extend your [helping] hand. It is being able to treat everybody the same, woman, child, Turkish, Arab, Kurdish, Westerner, Easterner or European, without discriminating against any of them," he said.

Davutoğlu said the Turkish Red Crescent did not ask people about their religion when Syrians and Iraqis sought shelter in Turkey or when the organization went to Somalia, Haiti and Japan.

Recalling Turkish Red Crescent's 2020 vision goals, Davutoğlu hoped Turkish Red Crescent would get the presidency of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 2017.

He also recalled the Gulf War when the organization barely had the capacity to provide shelter to 500,000 Kurdish people from Iraq, while now in new Turkey, they can now host nearly three million refugees.

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