Turkish Red Crescent

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Turkish Red Crescent
Türk Kızılayı
Charitable organization
Founded 1868 (as Hilâl-i Ahmer Cemiyeti)
Headquarters Ankara, Turkey
Website http://www.kizilay.org.tr

Turkish Red Crescent (Turkish: Türk Kızılayı (official) or Kızılay (for short)) is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The organization was founded under the Ottoman Empire on 11 June 1868 and was named "Hilâl-i Ahmer Cemiyeti" (the name "Hilal e Ahmar" (هلال احمر) is still the equivalent in Arabic). It was renamed Kızılay by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1935, after the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. Like its counterparts in other countries, it is a non-governmental organization. All Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations within the former Ottoman territories are the successors of the Turkish Red Crescent.


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