KurdDao, an initiative to support the Kurdish freedom struggle, and the Kurdish Center for Human Rights (KCHR) launched an earthquake relief campaign that donors can support with cryptocurrency.
All donations collected in the campaign will be allocated through the Kurdistan Red Crescent (Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê) to rescue and relief efforts in the regions of Turkey and Syria, affected by the devastating earthquakes on 6 February.
The two major earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.7 affected mostly Kurdish-populated areas in southeast Turkey and northern Syria. The region has already suffered heavily from war and political repression against Kurds and other minorities before the disaster.
After the earthquakes that killed tens of thousands of people and the death toll still increasing day by day, the Turkish government has declared a state of emergency and the humanitarian aid coming into the region through Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) does not reach many areas or is very inadequate.
In war-torn Syria, the ongoing conflict in the country prevented aid from reaching earthquake victims in areas under the control of Turkish-backed opposition.
“We have grown concerned over emerging reports that in the midst of immeasurable human tragedy, the Turkish and Syrian governments have seized funds and material, prevented them from reaching the victims of the catastrophe and otherwise actively obstructed aid and rescue efforts. To be able to save human lives as quickly and effectively as possible we have decided to support Heyva Sor, an organization with extensive experience on how to operate in extreme situations in the scale that is necessary. Their dedication to humanitarian relief regardless of sectarian differences is genuine and proven,” KurdAo says.
Donors can contribute to the aid campaign by sending any Ethereum (Mainnet) assets to either kurddao.eth or 0x8beb8bb19eb9248c73c322f6e995a7d6be0a4494.