Coun­try­wide fundrais­ing cam­paign to sup­port civil­ians in war-torn Ye­men

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

A COUN­TRY­WIDE fundrais­ing cam­paign was launched on Fri­day in mosques across Tur­key to sup­port the peo­ple in war-torn Ye­men.

Launched by Tur­key’s Re­li­gious Af­fairs Direc­torate (Diyanet) and the Turkiye Diyanet Foun­da­tion (TDV), the cam­paign col­lected do­na­tions in 90,000 mosques across the coun­try for Ye­meni Mus­lims, who are strug­gling against star­va­tion, dis­ease and civil war.

“To­day Ye­men is de­jected. Peo­ple, chil­dren are dy­ing. Some 11 mil­lion peo­ple are fight­ing a famine. We are col­lect­ing do­na­tions in 90,000 mosques across the coun­try for Ye­men,” Pres­i­dent of Re­li­gious Af­fairs Ali Er­baş said on Fri­day in south­east­ern Mardin prov­ince.

“I call on our cit­i­zens to sup­port this cam­paign,” he added.

Those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the char­ity cam­paign can also send a text message with the word YE­MEN to 5601 to do­nate 10 Turk­ish li­ras ($1.87).

Ye­men has been wracked by vi­o­lence since 2014 when the Houthi rebel group over­ran much of the coun­try, and the cri­sis es­ca­lated in 2015, when a Saudi-led coali­tion launched a dev­as­tat­ing air cam­paign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

The United Na­tions’ refugee agency says there have been nearly 1,500 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in Ye­men from Au­gust through Oc­to­ber.

The three-month tally, which in­cludes both killed and wounded, is the lat­est toll from a four year civil war that has killed at least 16,000 civil­ians.

The UNHCR urged the war­ring par­ties in a state­ment re­leased on Fri­day to do more to pro­tect civil­ians, say­ing data from Ye­men shows an av­er­age of 123 civil­ian deaths and in­juries ev­ery week dur­ing the pe­riod. Ye­men’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment, sup­ported by a Saudi-led coali­tion, are meeting in Swe­den for U.N.-spon­sored talks aimed at halt­ing the blood­shed.

The UNHCR says of the 1,478 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, 33 per­cent were women and chil­dren. That’s a total of 217 women and chil­dren killed and 268 wounded.

Girls wait to col­lect drink­ing wa­ter from a tap pro­vided by a char­ity amid fears of a new cholera out­break in Sanaa, Ye­men Nov. 5.

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