90,000 mosques across Turkey to raise money for Yemen

90,000 mosques across Turkey to raise money for Yemen

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
90,000 mosques across Turkey to raise money for Yemen

Turkey's religious body has launched an aid campaign to raise money for people in war-torn Yemen.

Launched by Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV), the campaign will collect money for Yemeni Muslims, who are struggling against starvation, disease, and civil war.      

The collection of donations will begin after Friday prayers in 90,000 mosques across Turkey.

Those wishing to participate in the charity campaign can also send a text message with the word YEMEN to 5601 to donate 10 Turkish liras ($1.87).

On Dec. 7, Turkey's presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın posted a graphic on his Twitter account on the campaign with the headline "Do not remain silent over the screams of Yemen, which is facing the world's biggest hunger crisis".

"Let's support this campaign to help our Yemeni brothers," Kalın said while using the hashtag #DonotremainsilentaboutYemen.       

Yemen has been wracked by violence since 2014 when the Houthis overran much of the country, and the crisis escalated in 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Tens of thousands of people, including civilians, are believed to have been killed, and the UN estimates that around 14 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.

Yemen peace talks begin in Sweden
Yemen peace talks begin in Sweden

Diyanet, Yemen war, Turkey, aid campaign