Soma Mine Explosion Campaign 2014

ARO delivers financial aid to Soma mine explosion victims

Monetary donations collected by the ARO in June and July 2014 for the mining accident in Soma, were distributed to the victims’ families in September 2014. 

The Australian Relief Organisation CEO Cihan Tumen visited Manisa to distribute the aid collected from the Australian community. ARO’s CEO explains:

“On May the 13th 2014, 301 workers were killed in the mining explosion in the district of Manisa, Soma. After the accident, Turkish nation was deeply touched and collected generous donations for those who lost their relatives as a result of the accident. Turkish community living in Australia has also responded to the incident through our organisation.

After the humanitarian aid was collected, we contacted our partner organisation in Turkey, namely the Kimse Yok Mu Foundation.

The authoritative Turkish government agency called the AFAD, has provided our partner organisation the list of victims. Followingly, we made contact with victims’ families.

After a thorough field research conducted by Abdurrahman Avinc, manager of Kimse Yok Mu Manisa branch, a total of sixteen families were selected on the basis of the urgency of their economic and social circumstances. 

After the research study about the recipients, we have come to Turkey to distribute the aid. On September the 11th 2014, donations were delivered to needy families. During the handout, Kimse Yok Mu Board Member Ferhan Merter, Kimse Yok Mu Manisa Branch Manager Abdurrahman Avinc and female volunteers were present as well.

To deliver the aid, we have made individual home visits, where we personally witnessed the gratitude and prayers of the victim families due to donations. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to thank all who supported this meaningful campaign.”

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