Turkish agency immortalizes July 15 martyrs in Somalia

By Felix Nkambeh and Ali Murat

ANKARA (AA) – Three children’s parks in Somalia have been named after martyrs of last July’s attempted coup, an aid agency said Monday.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said the parks in Mogadishu were named after after Ilhan Varank, Bulent Aydin and Abdullah Tayyip Olcok.

A program to remember the martyrs was organized at the Al-Haramain orphanage in the capital.

TIKA’s Somalia coordinator, Galip Yilmaz, said: “The people of Somalia prayed for Turkey on July 15 and organized a rally the following day. Our brotherhood will continue till eternity.”

Olgan Bekar, the Turkish ambassador to Somalia, added: “The Somalians living in the country and abroad stood with Turkey on the coup night. They will always have a special place in our hearts.”

TIKA gave presents to orphans who took part in a sports festival after the event.

The Fetullah Terrorist Organization, led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, orchestrated the coup attempt, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.