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Iraq: Turkish aid body opens clothing centre for needy

Displaced Iraqi families gather as they flee a military operation by Iraqi security personnel aimed at retaking areas from Daesh in Samarra on 3 March 2016 [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images]
Displaced Iraqi families gather as they flee a military operation by Iraqi security personnel aimed at retaking areas from Daesh in Samarra on 3 March 2016 [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images]

Turkish aid organization opened Wednesday a clothing centre to help those in need in northern Iraq, reports Anadolu Agency.

The centre was built by the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) with the support of Iraq’s Red Crescent and a Turkish firm in Erbil province.

The opening ceremony of the centre – called “Shefkat Boutique” – was attended by Hakan Karacay, Turkey’s consul in Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, Erbil’s governor, Utku Akbas, head of the Turkish Red Crescent in Iraq and many other guests.

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Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Karacay said the centre will distribute clothes each week to families in need.

“After completing necessary coordination with Turkish Red Crescent, needy families will come to this centre and meet their own needs,” he said, adding: “This project is not limited to a week or a month, it is a continuous project.”

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The centre would initiate some other aid activities in the coming days, said Karacay.

He detailed that it would give away food, heater and personal care items to families living under tough conditions during winter time.

Also speaking to Anadolu Agency, Akbas said that the project set an example for the region.

Some 20-25 needy families would benefit from the centre on certain days of the week, he added.

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