Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

It has been 24 hours since two devastating earthquakes destroyed large parts of southern Türkiye and northern Syria. The tremors were felt across the region, even as far as our community garden in Domiz 1 camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Many of our gardeners in the KRI are Syrian and have family and friends in Syria and Türkiye. As ever, we stand in solidarity with our friends in the KRI, in Syria and Türkiye, and all around the world.

The first 48 hours after such a catastrophic event are crucial and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been directly affected. Huge numbers of people are still trapped in the rubble, with thousands more needing emergency medical care, shelter, food and water.

People have been asking us how they can help, so below are details of some trusted organisations working on the ground to provide emergency rescue and support services, that need our urgent support.

We add our heartfelt thanks to the many incredible people and organisations rallying to distribute emergency aid and help to all those affected. We are once again reminded of people’s love and compassion; the light in the darkness. Thank you.


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