Turkey-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (iHH) continues to support Bangsamoro Peace Process

COTABATO CITY  – The Turkey-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) continues to support the Bangsamoro Peace Process through their programs and services rendered to Bangsamoro people and active participation in the Third-Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) that is mandated to review, assess, evaluate and monitor the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its Annexes.
IHH Country Representative Omer Kesmen said during his guesting at Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro talk show of Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) Inc. Saturday, October 02, translated by Khairia Malusay, the Secretary General of Muslim International Students Association, “During the peace process the IHH was part of that journey, nandun sila, nakasubaybay sila, nakisali sa panawagan doon sa buong struggle ng Bangsamoro community (they were there, they were able to follow, they joined the call there throughout the struggle of the Bangsamoro community).”
Kesmen said, “Yung role number one is magbigay ng serbisyo para dun sa pagtulong sa mga Bangsamoro people; secondly, yung kanilang tutulungan kung maari ay lahat na ng orphans (Role number one is to provide services to help the Bangsamoro people; secondly, those they will help if possible are all orphans).”

He told BMN that orphans are vulnerable sector of society that needs care, descent home and access to education. “They are special people it can be considered as blessings in the earth that has required special attention because they don’t have any more parents,” he said.
“Sa pamamagitan ng humanitarian relief, humanitarian services na ino-offer ng IHH dun nila nakikita na makakatulong sila sa peace process dito sa atin (Through humanitarian relief, humanitarian services offered by IHH, they see that they can help the peace process here with us)”, said Kesmen.

According to Ustadhza Anisa Taha, who is taking care of the orphans, the IHH orphanage center has 101 orphans in Tamontaka and there are 68 children aged 7 to 12 years old in Kakar, Poblacion 8, all in Cotabato City.

Ustadhza Taha said that they have two priority programs for orphans, “May live-in at distance at may allowance na 1,156 pesos kada buwan sa anim na lugar ng (There is live-in and distance and there is an allowance of 1,156 pesos per month in six areas of) Central Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Lanao Region, Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan at Davao region.”

Kesmen added that aside from taking care the orphans, they have also Qurban and Ramadhan program they are conducting annually and he said this is a way to tighten their relationship to the Bangsamoro people.

“Sa kanila daw sa IHH ang meaning ng Qurban para sakanila ay para maging close yung relationship nila sa atin dito sa Bangsamoro parang (To them at IHH, the meaning of Kurban for them is to make their relationship with us close here in the Bangsamoro) as if it is just not a way of helping but it is also a way of making them feel that they belong to us,” he said.
“IHH is keep on working and working to help the Bangsamoro people and to render services that they could give. Their dream is to make that every Bangsamoro would be able succeed and they are dreaming of being part of the success of the Bangsamoro,” Kesmen emphasized.

The organization was established in 1992 during the war in Bosnia. By that, they initiated to create a foundation that will help the victims.

?HH is an Islamic charity group that was formed to provide aid to Bosnian Muslims in 1992 and has been involved in aid missions in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, Mongolia, China, Brazil, Argentina and other places including Bangsamoro in the Philippines.