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Somali aid money seized in Kenya

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Turkish Red Crescent said Somali aid money carried by captured officials in Kenya not released yet.

Turkish Red Crescent said $ 350,000 amount of money seized in Kenyan capital was allocated for Somali humanitarian operation, not for Eid al Adha.

Turkish Red Crescent reminded 3 of its officials on Somali duty were released after being arrested in Kenya's capital Nairobi, but $ 350,000 carried by the captured officials that was to be spent for humanitatian aid operation in Somalia were still not released.

According to a statement released by Turkish Red Crescent, the money was held in Kenyan banks because of incapacity of Somalia banking system.

Turkish foreign ministry and Nairobi Embassy were in touch with Kenyan authorities for the release of seized money, said the statement.

Referring to about two years old aid operations of Turkish Red Crescent in Somalia, the statement said: "Red Crescent has established and been administrating Life Tent City with 30,000 human-capacity. Besides, it has been restructuring Somalia's infrastructure together with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality by joint power plant project. Everyday hot bread and food are being served to at least 10,000 people."


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