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Turkey aid agency delivers aid to Iraq's war-weary poor

September 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

Palestinian take their aid bags in Gaza City, Gaza on 25 May, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) on Saturday, the second day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, sacrificed 40 cattle and distributed the meat to poor families in northern Iraq.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Izzet Sahin, IHH’s humanitarian diplomacy coordinator, said that 2,000 families in the Digebe refugee camp (located between Mosul and Erbil) had received contributions of meat.

According to Sahin, the IHH plans to distribute more meat in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah provinces and in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar in Nineveh province, both of which were recently liberated from the Daesh terrorist group.

“We are focusing mainly on regions [of Iraq] that contain large numbers of refugees and poor people,” he said, going on to stress that the IHH’s charitable activities were not confined to the Eid al-Adha holiday.

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The IHH recently delivered badly-needed electronic appliances, including refrigerators and ventilation fans, to Turkmen residents of Tal Afar and Arab refugees now taking shelter in post-Daesh Mosul.

One of Turkey’s leading aid agencies, the IHH delivers humanitarian assistance to needy people across the globe, including war-torn Syria, drought-hit Somalia and crisis-prone regions of Myanmar.

The four-day Eid al-Adha, during which Muslims traditionally sacrifice animals and distribute the meat to poor communities, is one of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar.

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