March 15, 2023

Earthquakes in Turkey: Christians of Antioch Urgently Need Help

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

In February, multiple earthquakes hit 10 cities in southern and central regions of Turkey, destroying thousands of homes, killing or otherwise inflicting serious injuries on thousands in addition forcing countless into homelessness.

The Turkish government announced on March 11 that the death toll caused by the earthquakes had reached 47,975. Yet, non-official figures estimate a much higher death toll. Geologist Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan, for instance, predicted on February 7 that the number of people under the rubble was approximately 184,000.

Some of the places worst affected by the earthquakes are in Hatay province and its Antioch (Antakya) district. Many locals of the province said that rescuers or aid were not sent to the city by the government for several days following the first earthquake of February 6.