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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to collaborate with several nongovernmental organizations to provide relief to earthquake victims in Türkiye and northern Syria. It is estimated that more than 50,000 people were killed when magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes struck the area on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Even before the earthquakes, 2.8 million people in Northwest Syria were internally displaced by wars in the region, and 90% of the population was already dependent on humanitarian aid for survival. The powerful earthquakes have only exposed more people to the elements and left them without means to obtain food, medical care and clean water.
One of the first organizations on the ground to help earthquake victims was NuDay, a group the Church has often worked with. Early on, NuDay’s teams jumped into action to help with evacuations and to support temporary shelters for those who lost their homes. Local teams helped those displaced with clothing, bedding and winter supplies. NuDay also worked rapidly to procure and distribute medical supplies to local medical facilities that were overwhelmed with wounded patients.
“With the support of [the Church], we distributed food baskets, meals and infant formula — all of which continue to be in high need,” said Huda Alawa, director of development at NuDay. “Now we are working together to develop long-term recovery plans, such as repairing infrastructure, supporting households and rebuilding livelihoods so that the future of Syria can find hope once again.”
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