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Turkish Red Crescent lends helping hand to Pakistan

Largest humanitarian organization In Turkey delivers food parcels to 200 needy families in Murree during Ramadan

By Behlul Cetinkaya   | 16.05.2019
Turkish Red Crescent lends helping hand to Pakistan Pakistani women carry food aid packages distributed by Turkish Red Crescent during Muslims' holy fasting month of Ramadan in the village of Mari in Punjab, Pakistan on May 16, 2019. Total of 200 families in need received food aid packages. ( Muhammed Semih Uğurlu - Anadolu Agency )

MURREE, Pakistan 

Turkey's state aid agency distributed food parcels to 200 families in the Pakistani northern town of Murree, officials told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Ibrahim Carlos Camilo, head of the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) Pakistan delegation, said the group wants to deliver 2,000 food parcels across the country during the holy month of Ramadan which ends in early June.

"We delivered the gifts sent to Pakistan by the Turkish people in this Ramadan as well," Camilo said of the 44-pound (20-kilogram) boxes.

Apart from food aid, Kizilay also wants to organize iftar, or fast-breaking programs for those in need and provide clothes to orphans, he said.

Fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan is a pillar of Islam.

The agency announced earlier that during Ramadan, it will reach 14.7 million people in need in Turkey and abroad.

Kizilay is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey, with an international network to help nations in need.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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