Malaysian Humanitarian Mission to Turkey, Syria helps more than 12,000 refugees

GAZIENTEP (Turkey) The Malaysian Humanitarian Mission to Turkey and Syria, which began on Jan 11, ended yesterday (Jan 24), during which various assistance were handed over to more than 12,000 refugees,

Besides providing assistance for the Syrian refugees in Syria and Turkey, the mission, led by Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia, also helped the Uighur community in Istanbul.

GPM Malaysia chief executive officer Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin said a total of 3,000 food boxes, each worth TYR200 (RM138) and winter packs, containing blanket and mattress, were distributed to the refugees during the 14-day mission.

The Syrian refugees, especially those staying in refugee camps, are happy and grateful for the assistance, especially the winter pack, as they have to bear with temperature of below -1 degree celsius at night.

“The aid is also given to refugees staying in rented houses and community centres through aid from the Turkish government, he told Bernama TV journalist, who is accompanying the humanitarian mission since last Jan 10.

Ahmad Fahmi said the mission, involving eight volunteers from GPM, the Malaysian Humanitarian and Development Association (HUDA) and the WeCare volunteer group from Brunei Darussalam, also visited orphanages, early schooling education centres and rehabilitation centre, where the injured Syrian refugees were placed.

Our arrival is nothing new to the managers of the premises concerned, because whenever there is humanitarian a mission, we will come to send them food aid, he added.

Ahmad Fahmi said members of the mission also spent a night at a refugee camp in Sanliurf, which is among the towns closest to the Syrian border, to get the feel of the life there.

“When we slept in the tent, we felt the coldness of the winter, made worse with the rain, he added.

Ahmad Fahmi said the aid mission also provided an opportunity for the volunteers to meet the Uighur community in Istanbul, where there are said to be around 50,000 people.

During the meeting with the Uighur leaders, the discussion was on education and where the community was heading to, as well as on how they could maintain their identity , despite leaving in another country.

The Turkish government is happy to place Uighur students at universities, while primary and secondary education is free, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)