Erdogan’s coup witch-hunt hits aid to Africa

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The Anatolian Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 121 individuals linked to the Kimse Yok Mu ( Is Anyone There) Aid foundation.

Turkish President, Recep Tayip Erdogan’s witch hunt against Gulen-affiliated organisation continues as the foundation is forced to reduce its assistance to the African continent to which it has been contributing to for over the past 3 years.

The Kimse Yok Mu Foundation shared the same destiny as the other thousands of organisations that were forced to shut down or were seized by the Turkish government following the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, to which the scholar, Fethullah Gulen was blamed as being the mastermind.

“We used to receive a lot of help from Turkey for the past few years, we have distributed basic food items to over 5000 families, and assisted over 10,000 families with frozen meat across South Africa,” said Enes Yasir, Director of the Gift of Hope Trust that coordinates the aid sent through by Kimse Yok Mu.

“Apart from food, we have provided over 3000 blankets to help people stay warm, however, we have failed to receive any assistance from the Kimse Yok Mu foundation this year,” he said.

“Following the coup attempt on the 15th of July, many volunteers including staff of the foundation were arrested, whilst their offices confiscated,” Yasir expressed discomfort, “This organization is the UN partner NGO in Turkey, they provide assistance worldwide.

More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 43,000 detained and 24,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.

Kimse Yok Mu’s Dar es Salaam’s coordinators expressed their frustration, “We don’t know how to run the Arqam and Umra orphanages, we are struggling as we no longer receive funds from Turkey.”

“These kids have nowhere to go, we have stopped all developments too,” he said, “We developed these projects alongside the Education department.”

“Kimse Yok Mu has helped open multiple water wells here in Tanzania as well as across Africa, but we are struggling to maintain this assistance further.” they said in a phone interview.

Kimse Yok Mu is a charitable organization that is active in 113 countries across the globe. The Charity is also an important implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Kimse Yok mu was among 607 NGOs from around the world that were invited to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York City.

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