1- What is the “Nine Martyrs, Nine Monuments” project?
This campaign has been initiated by the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation and seeks for establishment of student dormitories, centers for education and culture, sports halls and culture centers in the hometowns of the nine peace activists who lost their lives in an Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara ship on its voyage to Gaza.
As part of this campaign, Çetin Topçuoğlu Sports Complex in Adana, Fahri Yaldız Student Dormitory in Adıyaman, Ali Haydar Bengi Center for Education and Culture in Diyarbakır, Cengiz Akyüz Culture Center in İskenderun, Cengiz Songür Student Dormitory in İzmir, Furkan Doğan Center for Education and Culture in Kayseri, İbrahim Bilgen Center for Education and Culture in Siirt, Necdet Yıldırım Student Dormitory and Cevdet Kılıçlar Culture Center in İstanbul will be established.
2- What is the goal of the project?
The “Nine Martyrs, Nine Monuments” campaign aims to keep the names and memories of the nine humanitarian aid volunteers alive through facilities that will serve for the people. This project will help better understanding of the values for which nine aid volunteers sacrificed their lives. Facilities beneficial for the society will be established with the names of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to spread justice and the good and extended a helping hand to the needy.
3- What are the criteria which determined the project’s being about establishment of student dormitory, sports hall and center for education and culture?
The decision to construct a certain facility in a region has been made by taking the needs of that particular region into consideration and to meet a need there. The facilities also have parallelism with the lives of our martyrs.
4- Would not it be more beneficial to carry out this project in different parts of the world instead of Turkey? Would not it be nice if water wells, mosques and student dormitories in the name of the martyrs had been opened in needy areas where the IHH takes aid?
Not only the IHH but also many independent organizations, institutions and groups are carrying out projects across many countries to keep the names and missions of the martyrs’ alive. Memorial for Mavi Marmara victims erected in Spain and the Cevdet Kılıçlar Eye Surgery Center opened by the IHH in Sudan are the examples of such projects. Names of the Mavi Marmara martyrs will continue to be given to new projects that will be implemented in numerous countries and regions in the world. In addition to this, the IHH has preferred the establishment of facilities in memory of the martyrs in their hometowns. These facilities which will be constructed in places where our volunteers used to live and serve will make their families and relatives happy. They will also make a contribution to the better understanding of their lives, which set a good example to everyone.
5-Has the IHH given any support to martyr families, or does it plan to do so?
The IHH has been providing both financial and moral support to martyr families from the very beginning and it will continue to do so. Particularly, the education of the martyr children is an issue which is closely followed by our foundation.
6- Will the IHH carry out the “Nine Martyrs, Nine Monuments” project alone or it will cooperate with other institutions?
The project has been introduced both to the Turkish and world public and institutions. Activists and institutions outside Turkey particularly those that took part in the aid flotilla are making contribution to the project. Individual and institutional offers for contribution to this project have already been made from Egypt, the UK, Indonesia, Algeria, Jordan, Malaysia, Qatar, Australia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Spain and Belgium.
7- Will a similar project be launched for the activists who were injured in the aid flotilla?
We do not have such a project at the time being.
8- How will the land on which the facilities will be constructed be obtained?
The IHH is carrying out studies for the donation of the land on which the facilities will be constructed. If no appropriate land can be found through donation, land will either be purchased by the IHH or rented for a long-term.
9- Who are the designers of the facilities?
The facilities have been designed by architects who are also IHH volunteers.
10-What are the criteria that determine the planning of the facilities to be constructed?
This changes in accordance with the circumstances and the needs of the region the facilities will be constructed.
11- Will any project or projects be launched in Gaza and other regions of Palestine for the memory of the martyrs?
In the aftermath of the Mavi Marmara attack, construction of many facilities has been already launched in Palestine and Gaza as well as in many other parts of the world by either the IHH or by local organizations for the memory of our volunteers.
12- How will the IHH provide the funding for the project?
Just as the IHH does in all of its projects, it will implement this project through donations from charity givers. Donations to the IHH’s “9 Monuments for 9 Martyrs” campaign could be made either through using the IHH’s telephone donation or online donation systems or by the use of credit cards. Donations of construction or furnishing materials are also welcome. In addition, by sending a text message to 3072, one can make a TL5 donation to the project.
13- How much does the construction of the facilities cost?
The cost of the construction of the each facility ranges between TL 1.850.000 and 2.300.000 excluding the value of land.
14-When will the construction of the facilities begin?
The construction work will begin immediately after finding of land and conclusion of the funding work.
15-How will the facilities be operated? Will they transferred to the state or be operated as private institutions?
In line with the official procedures, the facilities to be constructed will be civilian institutions under the permanent control and inspection of the IHH and other civilian institutions in the region they are located.