The first week of May marks three months since two earthquakes killed over 50,000 people in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria that struck on the 6th February 2023. A further 100,000 were injured following the two powerful earthquakes.
Since day one, the Turkish Red Crescent and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been at the heart of the response, working around the clock providing vital support, including in some of the hardest hit areas. Thanks to their efforts, and the generosity of Red Cross supporters, we have been able to support millions of people who have lost everything.
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has also brought in international support to support these localised efforts. In Türkiye (Turkey), around 1,000 staff and 1,500 volunteers are still tirelessly supporting those in need. Across the border, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent swiftly mobilised 4,000 staff and volunteers shortly after the first earthquake.
Munir, a volunteer paramedic, has been on the frontline in Syria since day one.
“It has been a devastating experience, witnessing my childhood friends lose their lives,” said Munir. “But one of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being part of the team who rescued my old friend – seeing him alive, breathing, talking after 36 hours under the rubble was a truly life-changing experience.”