Local Kurdish Community Sending Supplies To Middle East

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Local Kurdish Community Sending Supplies To Middle East

By Laken Bowles. CREATED Aug 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As unrest continues in the Middle East following the beheading of an American journalist, the Kurdish community in Nashville has stepped up to do whatever they can to help civilians caught in the conflict.

Nashville has one of the largest Kurdish communities in the United States and the Salahadeen Center in south Nashville has organized a humanitarian drive, called “All for Kurdistan,” in hopes of supporting the countless civilians caught in the crossfire.

The center has begun collecting many essentials, including medical supplies, clothes, blankets, tents and hygiene products.

Everything collected will be shipped directly to the Kurdish region, where its people have been caught in the sights of Islamic State militants, who have taken control of large swaths of western and northern Iraq, forcing thousands of Kurdish and Yazidi people from their homes.

Many of them have family members in Nashville, and thanks to strong community ties, local organizers said they've collected hundreds of boxes worth of goods.

The relief drive has been slated to wrap on Friday. For more information on how to donate, visit the center’s website.