Turkey provides water to 30,000 Somalis

Monday, April 02, 2012

Turkey’s State Waterworks Authority (DSİ) has drilled wells in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, providing clean water to 30,000 Somalis.

According to DSİ officials, DSİ drilled wells in Mogadishu so that people staying in tent camps as well as in other parts of the city can access an adequate supply of clean water, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

Ahmet Şekerci, DSİ’s project official in Mogadishu, told Anatolia they would continue to dig wells to help meet the needs of the Somali people.

Since Turkey launched its humanitarian aid campaign to help drought-stricken Somalia last year, it has organized fund-raising drives both at home and abroad, provided scholarships to hundreds of Somali students to receive an education in Turkey and opened hospitals and schools in Somalia. Turkey has sent $365 million (TL 640 million) in cash and aid in kind to Somalia over the past year.

Turkey has also begun Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Somalia, opened an embassy in Mogadishu and established a tent city for 10,000 people.

Source: Today’s Zaman