Turkish Red Crescent to help Syrian refugees with an extended budget
by Anadolu Agency
SAKARYAFeb 15, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Feb 15, 2016 12:00 am
Turkish Red Crescent Vice President Kerem Kınık offered insights about the budget of the institution for 2016-2017 at the Turkish Red Crescent Extended Reginal Meeting. Highlighting that the Turkish Red Crescent is a movement for "goodness and humanity," Kınık said that the institution aimed to spend 1 billion euros on the Syrian refugees taking shelter in Turkey but he said that the negotiations for the budget are still continuing.
Kınık said that they are trying to reach out to people around the world who are in need of a helping hand. "Today, approximately 90 million people across the globe cannot sustain their lives without other people's support. Every year 3 million babies lose their lives because of hunger before the age of 5. As the Turkish Red Crescent, we have a lot of work to do." During his speech, Kınık pointed out that there has been a humanitarian plight in Syria for the last five years and underscored that the Turkish Red Crescent is responsible for delivering international humanitarian aid to the Syrians in the region.
He said that TL 1.5 million ($500,000) has been sent to Syrian refugees so far, adding that 7.5 million Syrians are trying to hold on to life with the help of other people. "The Turkish Red Crescent is sending approximately 20 trucks of humanitarian aid to Syrians seven days a week," said Kınık.
He said that Turkey is the country that hosts the most number of Syrian refugees and said that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees taking shelter in Turkey and Turkey helped 450,000 Syrian children to continue their education within Turkish borders. He also said that they are planning to prepare a 1 billion euro budget for humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees. "We have bigger responsibilities now. We need to stay together and set higher goals as we are capable of achieving more. We will continue to help people in need until the time there exists no single person requiring somebody else's helping hand."