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Christians in Turkey pray for return to the ruins of ancient Antioch

Antakya, Turkey Reuters The Antioch Greek Orthodox Church brought Christians together in Turkey’s Antakya for centuries until last year, when an earthquake killed dozens of them and sent hundreds more fleeing. Though it now lies in ruins, many pray it will again bring them back. “Our churches are levelled and our bell towers are silent,” […]

Anger at Turkish Government spills over at earthquake anniversary vigil

Hatay, Turkey Reuters More than 10,000 people gathered early on Tuesday to hold a vigil for the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that hit south-eastern Turkey, as some protested what they called government negligence in the aftermath. The magnitude 7.8 tremor, the deadliest disaster in Turkey’s modern history, levelled towns and parts of cities […]

Turkey completes new homes in area hit by devastating earthquake

Ankara, Turkey Reuters Turkey on Saturday handed over keys to newly-completed homes to some of those left homeless after last year’s devastating earthquake, one year after the country’s deadliest disaster in its modern history. Powerful quakes on 6th February, 2023 in southern Turkey killed more than 50,000 people in 11 provinces and left millions homeless. […]

Turkey’s last Armenian village fears for its future after quake

A view of the damaged altar at the church in Vakifli, the last Armenian village in Turkey, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Samandag, Turkey, February 24, 2023.

Vakifli, Turkey Reuters In Turkey’s only remaining ethnic Armenian village, Vakifli, the elderly population thank God that not one of them died during the devastating earthquakes that struck the region. But they fear for the future of their cherished home. Thirty of the village’s 40 stone houses, which are single or double storey and surrounded by […]

Turkish restaurant owners scramble to feed earthquake survivors

Tents stand at an internal displacement camp at the Yeni Hatay Stadyumu in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, February 10, 2023.

Hatay, Turkey Reuters Restaurant owners from across Turkey travelled to Hatay, one of the regions worst-hit by Monday’s devastating earthquake, to dish up kebabs, rice and other hot meals on Friday to disaster survivors. Tents stand at an internal displacement camp at the Yeni Hatay Stadyumu in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Hatay, […]

Essay: Responding to catastrophe

Syria earthquake destruction

World Vision’s CLYNTON BEUKES – based in Amman, Jordan, outlines World Vision’s reponse to the earthquake that’s devastated large parts of Turkey and Syria…

Updated: Rescuers dig through rubble as Turkey-Syria quake death toll passes 7,800

Turkey - Hatay - earthquake rescuers

Updated: 10:45am, 8th February (AEST)Antakya, Turkey Reuters The death toll of a devastating earthquake in southern Turkey and Syria jumped to more than 7,800 people on Tuesday as rescuers worked against time in harsh winter conditions to dig survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. As the scale of the disaster became ever more […]