Mogadishu (Alshahid)-A Turkish delegation comprised of 170 people including experts of several Turkish institutions and ministries are visiting Somalia Capital, Mogadishu, with initiatives of Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency.
The Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) said in a statement posted on its website that the group included 150 representatives from the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, the Ministry of Forestry and Water, the Ministry of Transportation, the Health Ministry, and the Directorate of Religious Affairs as well as the prime minister’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay).
The delegates led by Turkish ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Kani Torun, also participated in a field visit and had the opportunity to engage with several ministries, agencies and local business community to conduct sector-based analysis on healthcare, water, housing, transport, etc.
The President of Somalia received some of the delegates at a lunch reception he hosted at the presidential palace. The president said:
“A delegation of this size shows Turkish government and people’s solidarity with Somali people at this hour of need and that the promises of Turkish Prime Minister are being materialized.”
Welcoming the delegates, the Somalia Prime Minister, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, said:
“We are pleased to welcome this delegation to Mogadishu, because Turkish partnership in many fields and in economic development is of great interest and relevance to Somalia.”
To the people of Somalia, the Islamic countries are their saviours and have come to their rescue at such a critical time and have taken over the management of several camps in Mogadishu.
Islamic countries like Turkey, Iran and Kuwait have so far sent in large shipments of relief aid as well has deployed their Red Crescent teams into the Internally Displaced Camps to coordinate in the issuance of the relief aid and with no clear sign of rains in Somalia, it seems likely that more shipments of this nature will be needed to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia.
Meanwhile, as the latest of series of aid shipments from Turkey to Somalia, a cargo ship that set sail from Turkey on August 16 with tons of humanitarian aid arrived in Mogadishu on Monday.
Transporting 5,000 tons of humanitarian aid, Turkish freighter “Burak A” docked at Mogadishu Port after a 22-day-long journey. The ship, dubbed the “İyilik Gemisi” (Goodness Ship), is also transporting tents, sanitary supplies, food, light work machinery and five fully equipped ambulances. The materials will be carried to Kızılay’s depots in Mogadishu to be delivered to those in need. Officials say it may take five days to fully unload the ship.