İsmail Sezgin, a London-based Turkish academic has tweeted that he will run a total of 10,000 meters in support of the families hit by an ongoing purge by the Turkish government since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Releasing a statement on, Sezgin said that he aims to raise ten thousand pounds to help purge-victim families in Turkey.

“Dear Friends, 
Turkish people are living through a very difficult period. A vicious coup attempt has victimized thousands of people so far;

* 249 people died on the night, many children became orphans

* Thousands of civil servants have been purged. Teachers, judges, doctors, engineers and police officiers are the main victims. Their families are in dire situations

* More than 40 thousand people are arrested, most have not been to court yet but their families are struggling to survive outside without any income.

We are aiming to raise ten thousand pounds to help remedy some of the tragedies in Turkey.

Please donate generously,” Sezgin stated.

Donations can be made via this link:

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

Since then, tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers, civilians and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested.

According to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the number of people affected by the ongoing purge has already surpassed 1 million.

During a TV program on Sept. 20, 2016, Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the ever-widening government operations. Underlining the significance of the principle of individual criminal responsibility, Kılıçdaroğlu said there are people victimized by the ongoing purge in every district of Turkey’s 81 provinces.