The father and brother of one of the three Chapel Hill shooting victims, Deah Barakat, have arrived in Turkey’s Istanbul in hopes to initiate Deah’s dental health care campaign in the Syrian refugee camps after donations spiraled to almost $1 million.
Deah’s father, Namee Barakat, told Anadolu Agency that they are set to arrive in Reyhanli, Hatay on July 29 to start their five day campaign within the Syrian refugee camps.
“The amount of donations reached almost $1 million, and to continue with collecting donations, we have decided to dedicate a part of the donated money to building a dental healthcare facility while the rest of the donated money will go for dental care supplies,” Barakat stated.
The Turkish “Idealist Dentist Association” had initiated Deah’s campaign dubbed “Bring smiles to Syrians in Turkey’’ programme that provided dental health care over 100,000 Syrian refugee children.
The president of the association, Muzaffar Erdogral, expressed his happiness to the implementation of the project.
“The student of Dentistry, Deah Barakat, who was shot execution style inside his home along with his wife and sister-in-law because of their Islamic identity, had dreamed of fixing Syrian refugee children’s teeth, and for that, the project "bring smiles to Syrians in Turkey" started, after Deah’s death, in hopes to achieve his undying dream," Erdogral added.
Chapel Hill shooting took place on Feb. 10 in the state of North Carolina when Craig Stephen Hicks raided the home of Deah and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, killing both of them along with Yusor’s visiting sister, Razan Abu-Salha, execution style.
Deah and Yusor were newlyweds and dental students at North Carolina State University while Razan was studying design at the same university.