A family tries to survive amidst Turkish military shelling / Unknown

10/01/2017 - 17:00 0
Kurdish Red Crescent appeals for more 'sister families' to support victims of war

The Kurdish Red Crescent has made an appeal for its 'Sister Family Campaign' and called for more support to victims of war in Turkey's Kurdish southeast.

The campaign was launched in March last year after Turkish state forces destroyed a dozen towns and cities during clashes with Kurdish youths. The campaign matches families around the world with families whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed.

The statement by the organisation said 4698 families had been supported by the campaign in 2016 but that tens of thousands of families still needed help.

"It is important that those already supporting this campaign continue doing so. Much more support is needed from Kurdish people and their friends around the world. Tens of thousands of families' homes were destroyed in Sur, Gever (Yuksekova), Sirnak, Cizre, Nusaybin, Silopi and Idil and they were displaced. The state is refusing to allow them to return, leaving them homeless during the winter months. We want your support in helping them," the statement said.

At least 300 were killed, with more than half a million displaced and 1.2 million affected, according to the Human Rights Foundation in clashes between July 2015 and March 2016.

Donations to the campaign can be made online at