This virus which I haven’t seen with my eyes frightened me

Apr 8, 2020 | 0 comments

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In the light of this crescent that has always shed light on my way for about a year, I have taken the place to take as a volunteer of a Young Red Crescent.
Currently, we have taken our place with dozens of volunteers in loyalty social support teams formed under the coordination of Çanakkale governorship. We reached tens and even hundreds of people in need, and as long as Allah gives the strength, we will continue to reach them, and I believe that we will be beneficial for these people. 😊🌙

İslam Akçin
Turkish Red Crescent
April 8, 2020
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