By Gokhan Kavak
ANKARA (AA) – Turkish aid agencies on Monday distributed Ramadan aid to people in need around the world.
The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) distributed food packages to 5,000 families in Afrin, northwestern Syria.
“We will continue our distribution to people in need. We will be in Afrin and Hatay this Ramadan,” said Ali Koc, chairman of the foundation's Belgium office.
The IHH also arranged an Iftar (fast breaking) dinner at an orphanage in Haripur district in northwestern Pakistan.
"Today over 800 orphans participated in our Iftar dinner and we will provide Iftar to 3,000 people in Pakistan during this holy month of Ramadan," Mucahit Kilic, an IHH official in Pakistan, told Anadolu Agency.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Ghana distributed food packages in the capital Accra.
“We believe that this will strengthen our friendship with Ghana,” said Turkey’s Accra ambassador Ozlem Ergun Ulueren.
The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) of Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), also distributed food packages to people in need in Cape Town, South Africa.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, TDV representative Fuat Buyukkaymaz said they have reached more than 1,000 families in nine different regions in two days.
Turkish Red Crescent in Indonesia hosted an iftar dinner for 500 people.
The agency will distribute 6,000 food packages and host iftar for 2,000 people in different regions of Indonesia, said Ibrahim Altan, Turkish Red Crescent chairman.
In northern Iraq, Turkish Red Crescent distributed food packages and blankets to 150 families in need.
In Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, Turkish Red Crescent distributed food packages to 303 families.
Turkish Red Crescent distributed 500 food packages to families in need in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
The agency also held iftar on Monday for orphans in Tirana.
Istanbul-based Federation of Humanitarian Associations (IDDEF) also held iftar dinners and distributed food packages to people in Gaza.
* Islamuddin Sajid contributed to this report from Islamabad
*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic