On February 6, 2023 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkiye. A second earthquake and subsequent aftershocks destroyed homes and buildings throughout southern Turkiye and parts of Syria, and tragically, the death toll reached more than 50,000. Survivors are in need of basic essentials such as food and hygiene items, shelter, and medical care.
In the months following the disaster, millions of Turkish and Syrian people remain homeless and are living in temporary shelters. This includes Syrian refugees who fled to Turkiye before the quake. Survivors are in need of shelter, everyday essential items, and medical care as well as support to rebuild their homes and lives.
On February 7, Peace Winds dispatched staff who provided search-and-rescue support, distributed essentials to temporary shelters, and operated a temporary medical clinic in Gaziantep. Doctors also provided medical care to survivors throughout the region. Although Peace Winds handed over operation of the temporary clinic to local doctors at the end of March, we continue to deliver kits of food and daily necessities to vulnerable families in Hatay Province.
The road to recovery will be a long one for Turkiye, and Peace Winds will remain in the country providing support as long as it is needed. In the weeks and months following the disaster, this includes distributing essentials such as medical supplies, food, water, and personal hygiene items. In the longer-term, Peace Winds will help communities rebuild so that survivors can return to their normal lives as much as possible.
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