LDS Church Removes Volunteers (Missionaries) Serving In Turkey After The Country Remains In Tension And Unrest
By: Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
The Republic Of The Philippines
On July 15, a failed coup aiming to overthrow the Turkish government left nearly 16,000 people imprisoned, 246 killed, and more than 2,000 injured. Over 9,000 of those involved in the coup were soldiers, and the government has released over 1,200 troops and detained 47 journalists, as told by LDS Living.
Mormon Newsroom released an official statement today about volunteers in Turkey.
The Church has transferred 15 young volunteers serving in Turkey to Germany, where they will continue their service among the Turkish-speaking population of Berlin. We anticipate these volunteers will return when conditions in Turkey normalize. Our prayers are with the people of Turkey and with our Church members who live there.
Earlier this month, Deseret News reported that all LDS missionaries in Turkey were safe following the attempted coup by the Turkish military against president Recep Tayyp Erdogan. The country remains mired in tension and unrest. Turkey is part of the Central Eurasian Mission, which was created in July 2015.
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