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    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/red-crescent-assists-fener-patriarchate.aspx?pageID=238&nID=22387&NewsCatID=341 5/6/2012 Red Crescent assists Fener
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      5/6/2012

      Red Crescent assists Fener Patriarchate

      The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), for the first time in its history,
      provided 200 boxes of food and clothing aid to the Fener Greek Orthodox
      Patriarchate yesterday.

      Avedis Hilkat, a board member at the Turkish Red Crescent’s Adalar
      office, Ahmet Lütfü Akar, head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Ömer Taşlı,
      director-general of the Turkish Red Crescent and Taşkın Hoşver, Marmara
      Regional disaster manager, met with Fener Rum Patriarch Bartholomeos.

      “The target of the aid is not just Armenians, Rums or Syriacs; we also
      provide aid to immigrants, and needy and indigent people around the
      patriarchates. Humanity is our target,” Hilkat told the Hürriyet Daily News.

      Next aid

      The Turkish Red Crescent has been keeping an eye on the aid recipients,
      recording their addresses and names, and the Jewish Rabbinate will be
      given aid next week, Hilkat said.

      “The boxes will be placed in storage, wherever the Patriarchate decides
      to keep them,” Hilkat said. Similar boxes left at the Armenian
      Patriarchate last year had caused unrest among Turkey’s Armenian
      community for security reasons.

      The Red Crescent has also provided aid to Turkey’s Armenian Patriarchate
      and Syriac Metropolitan in years past.

      The organization provided food and clothing aid to 3,500 immigrants and
      needy families living near the Kumkapı district of Istanbul, with the
      help of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey, in December 2011.

      The organization has also rendered aid to one-hundred disadvantaged
      students at a private Armenian school last month.
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