Turkish Red Crescent Society (“Kızılay” in Turkish) which decided to extend its successful humanitarian aid operations to Somalia to the other countries in Southern Africa, is planning to give particular emphasis to education. The first facility to reflect this objective will soon be opened in Somalia.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Uganda, Kenya and Somalia to build for humanitarian and diplomatic contacts. In his delegation were many ministers, businessmen, and journalists, as well as Dr. Kerem Kınık, the General President of the Turkish Red Crescent society. İsmail Hakkı Turunç, the Assistant General President was a part of the delegation to represent the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
The first destination of the delegation was Uganda. President Erdoğan and the delegation which then traveled to Kenya for bilateral contacts visited the Somalian capital Mogadishu as their last stop. Here, Turkey’s largest embassy complex in the world was opened. The opening ceremony saw the attendance of General President Kınık, Assistant General President Turunç, General Manager Mehmet Güllüoğlu and Turkish Red Crescent Society staff who work in the country.
Turkish Red Crescent Food Aid
President Erdoğan who spoke proudly of the humanitarian relief activities undertaken by the Turkish Red Crescent Society in all meetings and sessions he attended during each stop, drew attention to the food aid provided by the Society during his remarks in Somalia.
President Erdoğan who reminded that there is draught in some countries while there is hunger caused by flood in others, reported the dispatch of 11 thousand tons of sugar and flour to Somalia by the Society as well as the ongoing unloading of humanitarian aid materials from the ship. Erdoğan who stated that there are people who struggle with draught and famine in Ethiopia, Puntland and Somaliland added “In this framework, we will have completed the shipment of food aid to these regions through Turkish Red Crescent Society on a seperate ship”.
Investment for Health Education
Turkish Red Crescent Society which has been providing medicine and medical supplies to African countries for many years, is preparing to build Vocational Health Schools in some countries of the region. The first facility was completed in mogadishu. This educational center which is one of the institutions to help reverse the fate of the region will train 360 students every year about public health. Following the completion of the landscape design, the school will start education in 2016-2017 academic year.
A similar institution will be built in Uganda. President Erdoğan who gave the first report about it during his contacts in Uganda stressed that the Turkish Red Crescent Society is justified in this strategic vision objective.
General President Kınık who examined the Turkish Red Crescent-sponsored vocation health school in Mogadishu and shared his observations, underlined that the facility is of vital importance for Somalians.
Activities in the region were reviewed
General Manager Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu who had also travelled to Mogadishu to make an on-site review of the progress in the construction of the vocational school and the other projects of the Society in the region also made several contacts in the Somalian capital. Güllüoğlu who met with the Somalian government officials and the NGO representatives from Turkey, in his tour of the developmental facilities sponsored by Turkey, visited at Port of Mogadishu the ship carrying food aid sent by the Turkish Red Crescent Society to the people who were the victims of drought stricken Somalia for a second time. Güllüoğlu who visited the Society’s facilty where food is distributed and bread is made, accompanying the meals as they were being served.