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Deah's Dream Comes True


absmiddle Yazdır   -A | A+ 24.11.2015
The Dream of Deah Barakat, a dentistry student killed in the United States of America in February, was actualized in Fatih.

Within the scope of the project, which Barakat wanted to actualize, Syrian children were provided with dental care. Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of Fatih, who is a dentist himself, examined and applied fluorine to children's teeth while actualizing Barakat's dream.

The project of Deah Barakat, a dentistry student and one of the 3 Muslim youths killed in an armed attack that took place in North Carolina, USA on 11 February 2015, which was aimed at protecting the dental health of Syrian children living in the Temporary Sheltering Centers in Turkey was actualized. Within the scope of the project actualized with the cooperation of Fatih Municipality, the Association of Idealist Dentists (İdealist Diş Hekimleri Derneği), Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Industrialists and Businessmen's Association of Diyarbakır (DİSİAD), the Syrian children living in Istanbul were provided with dental care.

Participating in the dental care activity at Eminönü Square, which was aimed at Syrian children, Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of Fatih, who is a dentist himself, also took care of the children, and applied fluorine to their teeth.

This Project is a Continuation of the Project Initiated by Deah

Closely taking care of the Syrian children, Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of Fatih, indicated that the activity constituted a continuation of Deah's project, and said: "This activity carried out today is actually a continuation of the project initiated by the wife and friends of Deah Barakat, who was killed by a racist in the USA. The aim is to provide toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children in this refugee camp, and advise them on oral and dental health. He had initiated a project within the scope of preventive medicine in order to prevent their tooth decays, which included small practices that we call fluorine application. He had named the project as 'the refugee smile'. And before this project ended, he was attacked and became a martyr. Now, we are continuing this project in cooperation with the Association of Idealist Dentists, Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and Industrialists as well as KASAT and other sponsoring organizations. Our aim is to reach children living in 25 different camps with these semi-trailer trucks. And we are aiming to apply fluorine to children aged between 6-12, and provide them with tooth-sets".

Participating in the activity, Deah's aunt Shaza Barakat stated that her nephew was a helpful person, and said: "Deah liked to help people very much; he was a young man who was liked by other people. Without doubt, he intended to conduct projects with his peers for Syrian children and people. And one of these was aimed at the Syrian children who were left homeless and forced to migrate. Now I see these children in Turkey, and Deah's dream is coming true".

Our Intent is to Stand by the Weak Against Oppression

Muzaffer Erdoğral, the President of the Association of the Idealist Dentists, which is one of the stakeholders participating in the project, expressed his happiness as Deah's project was actualized, and said: "Our real intent with this project is to object to oppression and stand by the weak".

Thousands of Syrian Children Will Be Provided with Dental Care

Stating his happiness, Hensa, a 7-year-old Syrian boy, said: "I already brush my teeth two times a day, and I am pleased with the attending behaviour demonstrated here. I am grateful to everyone".

Within the scope of the project, it is aimed to provide thousands of Syrian students living in the refugee camps in Istanbul with dental care.