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Rohingya refugee sells gold bangle to donate to earthquake-hit Turkey

Khatoon, who fled Myanmar in 2005, told her son that they should help the country that always stood by refugees.

Amina Khatoon, a 67-year-old Rohingya refugee living in India on Saturday reached the Embassy of Turkey in New Delhi with dry food, warm clothes, baby food, and blankets. Khatoon bought them with the money she got from selling her gold bangle, among the most valuable thing she possessed.

Khatoon, who fled Myanmar in 2005, told her son that they should help the country that always stood by refugees.

“I was shocked. She had kept it for family emergencies. But insisted that it is what she wants to do,” Khatoon’s son, Ali Johar told Maktoob.

“She was crying after watching the videos of children [stuck in derbies]. She compelled us to do the necessities.”

Turkey hosts four million refugees and has been the largest refugee-hosting country in the world for the past eight years.

“She says, Turkey has been with Rohingya people whenever we faced (an) emergency, we must stand with Turkey in this destitute time,” Johar tweeted.

Ali Johar is a Rohingya youth leader from Kalindi Kunj, Delhi. Ali has founded the Rohingya Literacy Program which focuses on education opportunities for Rohingya children in India.

Turkey’s Embassy in India has opened facilities for good samaritans to drop off humanitarian aid for the earthquake-hit country.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday informed that the number of those killed in the quakes in Turkey had reached 21,848. The total number of people killed is now crossed 25000 in Turkey and Syria.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has arrived in Syria’s quake-stricken city of Aleppo, state media reported.

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