“A RAMADAN EVENING” BRINGS TOGETHER NEARLY 1,000 TURKS AND REFUGEES

Following “A Ramadan Night” which gathered the ambassadors and foreign missions from nearly 30 countries, the Directorate General of Press and Information (DGPI) held a new activity in order to reflect the spirit of the Holy Month as well as the Turkish traditions and culture. Due to the event called “A Ramadan Evening”, the refugees who had to leave their homes and countries, came together at the same table with the citizens of the country where they took shelter.

Within the cooperation of the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD), Mamak Municipality and the DGPI, nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Mamak Covered Bazaar for fast-breaking meal.

Director General of Press and Information Mehmet Akarca stated that he had the opportunity to hold face-to-face talks with the refugees and migrants and he was very pleased to hear that they were really happy to be in Turkey.

Pointing out that everyone who lives in Turkey should be aware of standing by the aggrieved, Akarca noted: “I believe that those who can say that ‘the people running away from the vital danger together with their families and coming to Turkey would not be allowed to cross the borders and would be sent back to their own countries’ do not have sufficient humanitarian values.”

Underlining that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s attitude regarding the refugees sets an example for the whole world, Akarca said: “Our President opened our doors to more than 3.5 million people. Thus, they managed to save their lives. They happily live together and we define them as our brothers.”

SGDD General Coordinator İbrahim Vurgun Kavlak for his part said that the DGPI’s sensitivity concerning the refugees is of great importance for giving exact information to the people and added: “We would like to take this occasion to thank the DGPI and Director General Mehmet Akarca for the opportunity that they gave to us.”

Some activities for the children as well as shows of whirling dervishes were held following the fast-breaking meal.