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October 09, 2004

Consolidated Relief Effort in Turkey (August 1999)

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After the tragic earthquake that shook one of Turkey's largest cities, Istanbul, relief organizations from around the world rushed workers into the country to help civilians and aid Turkey's own rescue workers. The original earthquake measured 7.4, and the ensuing aftershock, 5.0. The city's buildings lay in ruins as it was estimated that 7,000 people have been killed with 34,000 injured. The Turkish government advised people to stay outdoors in fear of another destructive aftershock.
Rescue organizations such as the International Red Cross sent teams of workers to help with the search for victims, clean up as well as distribution of food and water to those left without homes. The Red Cross brought 600 tons of food for the country over the days that followed the quake. They also provided medical equipment and the assistance of doctors from several different countries.

Humanitarian relief for Sudanese

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World Relief has partnered with several other relief organizations in order to bring humanitarian aid to the Sudanese in Darfur (the western region of the Sudan) who have fled their homes to refugee camps. One million people have come to these camps, ready to risk the outbreak of disease from these overcrowded areas rather than return to their homes. Relief agencies have provided the population in these camps with water, food and shelter, though more is required at this time.
Violence started in early 2003 when rebel groups attacked government buildings, and in return, the government attacked villages supposedly linked to the rebel groups. These attacks have reached horrific levels, to the point of accused genocide. The United States and the United Nations have put pressure on the Sudanese government to put an end to the violence, to which Sudanese government officials have conceded.

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