7 February 2023
On February 6, 2023, two earthquakes caused enormous destruction. Currently, over 21 thousand of people have died and many thousands more are injured or missing. “It is the second biggest earthquake in the past century. The other one began in the south-east of Turkey in 1939.
The process of rebuilding homes, businesses, and lives will take many years. We know that many of those impacted are among the most vulnerable some are refugees who fled Syria for Turkey while others are persecuted minority groups or those in poverty. Recovering from this devastation will be very difficult.
We pray for the people of Türkiye and Syria. We mourn the death, destruction and pray for those who have died and those who grieve. We hold in our hearts those who are injured, and those who have lost loved ones, livelihoods, and homes.
We pray for those affected courage and resilience,
as they rebuild their lives and communities.
Inspire us to unite in solidarity, acting swiftly and generously, so that help may reach all who need it.
Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Department of International Relations and Cooperation, SA
T.C. Pretorya Büyükelçiliği – Turkish Embassy, Pretoria
Turkish Consulate General in Cape Town – T.C. Cape Town Başkonsolosluğu
Johannesburg Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – Turkish Cultural Centre – South Africa
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