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Ozil donates $120,000 to children of Rohingya, Syria, Somalia  

April 14, 2021 at 10:14 am

Mesut Ozil in Istanbul, Turkey on January 27, 2021 [Serhat Çağdaş/Anadolu Agency]

German Fenerbahçe midfielder, Mesut Ozil, has donated €101,000 ($120,770) to the Turkish Red Crescent for an aid campaign run during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Anadolu news agency reported.

The Turkish Red Crescent Society said in a statement yesterday that Ozil’s donation will be used to provide 2,800 food aid parcels to the needy in Turkey, 1,000 food parcels in Indonesia, and 750 parcels for Rohingya Muslims in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The statement added that iftar meals will also be served to orphans in Syria’s Idlib, and the Somali capital, Mogadishu, throughout the holy month.

The statement quoted the President of the Turkish Red Crescent, Dr Kerem Kinik, as saying that for years, Ozil has contributed to spreading smiles on the faces of thousands of children in many countries.

Ozil is a Turkish-German professional footballer who previously played for Arsenal Football Club.

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