The Turkish opposition and media have criticized the Turkish Red Crescent relief organization for selling tents to people displaced by the earthquake this month, AFP reported. The head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, confirmed that one of the subsidiaries of the organization he leads provided them “at cost”.
According to the daily Cumhuriyet, the Turkish Red Crescent sold 2,050 tents to the Foundation of Anatolian People and Peace Platform (AHBAP) aid organization for about $2.4 million.
“It’s a scandal,” said Murat Agirel, a journalist for Cumhuriyet, who broke the story of the tent sale. – The largest charity in Turkey selling tents instead of giving them away for free to those in need when people begged for them three days after the earthquake, he added.
The head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, confirmed on Twitter that one of the subsidiaries of the organization he leads provided them to AHBAP “at cost”. “The Red Crescent’s cooperation with AHBAP is moral, reasonable and ethical,” wrote Kinik.
However, several opposition politicians called on the president of the Turkish Red Crescent to resign, the AFP agency reported. “Shame on you,” Meral Aksener, the leader of the Good Party (Iyi), tweeted.
Erdogan stood up for the Red Crescent
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan he called those who criticize the Red Crescent “dishonest and mean.” In response, the leader of the main opposition party, Kemal Kilichdaroglu, accused Erdogan of “insulting the victims of the earthquake”.
AFP recalls that the Turkish government was accused after the tragic earthquake of not providing enough aid to the victims and sending too few people to the rescue.
February 6 in southeastern and northern Turkey Syria there was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It was followed by many more minor quakes. More than 50,000 people have died according to the latest figures. Around 1.5 million currently live in makeshift shelters.
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