The United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey was attacked by a suicide bomber on Friday, February 1st, 2013. Carrying a handgun, a hand grenade, and 6 kilograms of TNT, it is clear that the terrorist's plan was to kill and do considerable harm to Americans and American Embassy employees inside.
His plan failed.
One of the armed Embassy Guards, Mustafa Akarsu, immediately recognized the danger and stopped the bomber before he could get into the compound and begin his attack. The suicide bomber, realizing his plan was failing, detonated the device, killing Mustafa instantly.
Unfortunately, the Turkish government’s retirement program will only support Mustafa’s widow and children for a short time (as a Turkish citizen, Mustafa paid into the Turkish system, not the American). Despite Mustafa’s over 22 years of service protecting the American Embassy and sacrificing his own life, his family will struggle on Mustafa’s meager pension for the remainder of theirs (in Turkish culture, the husband is traditionally the sole “bread-winner”). Even more tragically, Mustafa had applied and was being approved for a Special Immigrant Visa (a Visa reserved only for those who have dedicated the many number of years that Mustafa did). He planned on becoming an American citizen with his family and hoped to send his children to college in the U.S. (Mustafa's 19-year old son is pictured with him in the photo above).
Local Embassy Guards around the world, oftentimes overwhelmed and outgunned, are frequently forced to flee from attackers rather than stand and fight. We saw this in the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya where a number of Americans were killed in a similar attack. In holding his ground and knowingly placing his own body literally between the bomber and those he protects, Mustafa truly demonstrated his selflessness and acted as courageously as any hero we have ever known.
If you are able to help in this sad yet worthy cause, please donate what you can. ALL donations collected will go directly to the fund established for Mustafa's family.
Because of his sacrifice, Mustafa's family is without a father and without a husband.
With your help, they will not be without... hope.
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