Al-Imdaad FoundationAL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION
20 Dec 2011

"It has also always been the policy of AIF to respond to those disasters where not much media hype has been achieved and also to deliver relief aid those areas where no aid has been delivered."

The recent earthquake in the city of Van and the Ercis District of Turkey had certainly missed the media radar to some extent. That was the view of Qari Ziyaad Patel, spokesperson for the Al Imdaad Foundation (AIF), now in the stricken region to provide aid. Speaking to VOC's Drivetime on Tuesday, AIF with its ground partners have succeeded in delivering humanitarian aid to the villages in the mountainous areas Turkey that was worst affected by the quake. "Over 35,000 dwellings and homes have been condemned after the quake, leaving thousands homeless way into the harsh winter months. Our personnel and volunteers personally delivered relief aid to these families under tough, cold and snowy conditions. The team also erected snow resistant tents and handed over high valued food hampers to these homeless families." According to Patel, AIF will continue its relief aid in the region with a massive winter warmth "as these affected families will be residing in these tents well beyond the winter. In addition, we will be rebuilding a mosque that was destroyed in the village of Dagonu," he reported. As for the lack of media attention about this quake, he said: "It has also always been the policy of AIF to respond to those disasters where not much media hype has been achieved and also to deliver relief aid those areas where no aid has been delivered. In fact, the real work begins when the media dust has settled. Proof of this can be seen in its extensive work in Indonesia well after the infamous tsunami of 2004. AIF has also decided to remain in famine struck Somali for the next 3 years," he said. Courtesy of : VOC This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION, its trustees or team members and volunteers globally.
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