It was reported that the Red Crescent made a distinction between earthquake victims and deprived earthquake victims in need living outside the container city of a shopping card worth 1,500 lira.
EARTHQUAKE SUCCESSORS It has been revealed that the Red Crescent, which sold its tents during a period when it was out in the open, is now discriminating against earthquake victims in the distribution of shopping cards. The Red Crescent launched an application called ‘Esen Card’ to transfer some of the aid collected from charitable people as cash support to earthquake victims in need. The aim was for earthquake victims to purchase their needs from local tradesmen with the cards loaded with 1,500 liras of cash.
However, it was reported that in practice, the cards were distributed only to earthquake victims living in container cities, and earthquake victims stranded on the streets and struggling to survive in difficult conditions were deprived of this right. Moreover, it was learned that the people to whom the cards would be distributed were determined ‘remotely’ jointly by the Red Crescent and the Ministry of Family, ignoring the applications of earthquake victims in need.
1,500 LIRAS IS LOADING
Red Crescent regarding the card Internet In the information provided on its website, it explains that it will provide cash support with Esen Card to disaster victims in the cities affected by the earthquakes on February 6. It is stated that the cards were delivered to the disaster victims determined as a result of the determinations in order to meet their basic needs in line with their own preferences, and it is also stated that the 1,500 lira loaded on the cards is from the aid collected from donors. In the information note, it is clearly stated that applications for the card were not received from earthquake victims, and that the decision to whom the card would be given was made by the Red Crescent and the Ministry of Family.
‘IF IT IS NOT GIVEN TO US, TO WHOM?’
RED CRESCENTReally needy earthquake victims, who thought that they would receive the 1,500 lira shopping card of , applied to the Red Crescent and AFAD when the cards did not arrive. However, the earthquake victims were very disappointed when they learned that the cards were given only to those living in the container city. Hatay Samandağlı earthquake victim Gönül Selçuk SÖZCÜ, whose card request was rejected, said, “If this card is not given to us, to whom is it given? Are earthquake victims in a difficult situation like us, who do not live in a container city, citizens of another country? Is there such a distinction among earthquake victims? he lamented.