IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation launched this year’s Qurban Organization with the slogan “What you share is yours, share and spread joy to others” in 103 countries and regions including Turkey. IHH, which began its first qurban organization in 1993 in Turkey with the efforts of a group of volunteers and has continued this project for 26 years, is visiting more countries each year and delivering aid to millions of people as a part of the qurban organization. The sacrifices of people who donated their qurbans to IHH were performed in the regions of their choice from among the specified countries for the qurban project.
This year, IHH, which distributed 53 thousand 500 qurban shares as a part of its qurban organization last year, exceeded this figure this year with the support of donators and distributed 57 thousand 961 qurban shares to more than 2 million 300 thousand people in need.
What did we do?
As a part of our 2018 qurban organization, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation delivered qurban donations to people in 103 countries and regions including Turkey. IHH teams that visited regions all over the world on Eid al-Adha, not only distributed qurban meat to their brothers and sisters in need, but also provided support with various projects aimed at improving their living conditions. The foundations were laid for many projects including mosques and masjids, water wells, education centers, vocational courses and orphanages during these visits on Eid al-Adha.
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Our foundation gave priority to the refugee camps, regions afflicted by war, natural disasters, famine and poverty, and also the elderly, orphans, widows, orphanages, schools and hospitals in the qurban organization. In this scope, priority was given to Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Arakan and East Turkistan.
Orphans celebrated eid with joy
IHH also distributed eid clothing to 17 thousand 99 orphans in 16 countries including Turkey. The countries that benefitted from eid clothing aid from our donators are as follows:
Bosnia, Chad, India, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Arakan, Kenya, Albania, Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Syria and Turkey.
Qurban meat distribution to Syrian refugees
One of the priorities of our donators on this eid, in the eighth year of the Syrian crisis, was the Syrian refugees. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation delivered qurban meat to families in need in the Syrian cities of Afrin, Idlib and Aleppo, the rural areas of Hama and Humus, and the provinces of Bab and Jarabulus and Azaz that were cleansed from terror with the Euphrates Shield Operation. Almost 215 thousand people benefitted from the distribution of meat that continued throughout Eid al-Adha. IHH also provided aid consisting of clothing and shoes to 16 thousand Syrian orphans.
IHH teams in Arakan, Nepal and Bangladesh
Qurban sacrifices were carried out in some regions of Myanmar, the Islamic territories of Remote Asia suffering a major human crisis, in regions where the Rohingya people live in Bangladesh, and in Nepal where there are more than 2 million Muslims.
IHH teams sacrificed 3 thousand 535 qurban shares in Arakan where the persecution of Muslims is continuing, and 1 thousand 400 shares in Nepal and distributed the meat to families in need. In Bangladesh 3 thousand 500 shares were sacrificed and distributed to the needy.
IHH teams are continuing to deliver qurban aid and emergency aid consisting of food, clothing, awnings, kitchen equipment and provision supplies to the Rohingya Muslims in Arakan who were forced to abandon their homes as a result of the massacres carried out in the country by the military and radical Buddhists. IHH teams are providing support to these people suffering great hardships both in regions of Myanmar and Bangladesh, and are continuing to work under difficult conditions for the survival of the people in these regions. As known, the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims increased in August 2017, and hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people were forced to flee to Bangladesh.
Gaza was not forgotten
IHH teams did not forget the Palestinians in need. In the region that was also given priority by donators, IHH teams sacrificed and distributed a total of 1 thousand 247 qurban shares to people in need who are struggling to survive, and deprived of their freedom under the blockade in Palestine and Gaza.
Yemen, the geography in our hearts
3 thousand 555 qurban shares were sacrificed in Yemen, which has been greatly affected by recent attacks, and distributed to families that are suffering hardships in the region. Due to the conflict, the people in the region are experiencing extreme difficulty in obtaining food provisions. Many people are also dying in the region due to diseases and epidemics such as cholera.
Joy of Eid al-Adha in Africa
IHH teams conducted an extensive qurban organization in Africa. This year, with the organization of qurban projects in many countries in need, IHH, that is materializing a large number of water well and cataract surgery projects in Africa, delivered aid and shared the joy of Eid al-Adha with families in need.
In Somalia, 3 thousand 712 qurban shares were sacrificed and distributed to the people. In the Khartoum, Kassala and Darfur cities of Sudan, 3 thousand qurban shares were sacrificed and distributed to those in need. Qurban sacrifices were also performed in other African countries and distributed to hundreds of thousands of people.
A double celebration in Moro
Following the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine state and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, there was a double celebration on Eid al-Adha for the Moro Muslims. IHH, which mediated in peace negotiations, sacrificed 840 qurban shares donated for the Muslims living in Moro, and delivered these to people in need.
Particular interest for Pakistan and India
On Eid al-Adha, IHH sacrificed 1 thousand 610 qurban shares in Pakistan, 1 thousand 99 in Afghanistan and 175 shares in Chechenia, the countries where living conditions are extremely difficult, and 5 thousand 950 qurban shares in India which has the largest Muslim population, and began distributing the meat to those in need. In addition, 280 qurban shares were also sacrificed in in East Turkistan.
Joy of Eid in neighboring Balkans
IHH teams also continued aid efforts in the Balkans. Qurban organizations were carried out in Bosna, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia (Sanjak and Presevo), Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. In total, 575 qurban shares were sacrificed in various countries and regions of the Balkans and distributed to the poor.
Qurban organizations on 5 continents
The countries that IHH visited this year as a part of its Qurban Organization, delivering aid to the needy and orphans in 5 continents ranging from Africa to the Balkans and Southeastern Asia, from the Middle East to Latin America are as follows:
Balkans: Bosna, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia (Sanjak and Presevo), Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.
Africa: Burkina Faso, Chad (refugees from Chad, Central Africa and Nigeria), Cameroon (refugees from Cameroon and Central Africa), Central African Republic, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Benin, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Burundi, Djibouti, (refugees from Djibouti and Yemen), Ethiopia (Ethiopia and Ogaden), South Africa (refugees from South Africa and Malawi), Southern Sudan, Mauritius, Kenya (Kenyan and Somalian refugees), Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Ruanda, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur, Khartoum and Kassala), Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Asia: Bangladesh (Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees), India (India, Jammu, Kashmir, Kerala and Assam), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Myanmar and Arakan), Vietnam, Thailand (Patani), Indonesia, Philippines (Moro), Cambodia and East Turkistan.
Middle East: Palestine (Gaza and Western Bank), Iraq, Lebanon, Jordon, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Central Asia and Caucasus: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Ajaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine, Meskhetia, Adygea, Ossetia, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino Balkar, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Abkhazia and Chechenia.