International development charity, Christian Aid, has launched an emergency appeal to help people impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria today [Monday, 6 February 2023].
It has been reported that many thousands of men, women and children have died and many more are injured. Many homes, buildings, roads and energy infrastructure have been hit by the widespread devastation.
Christian Aid already works with local partners in Northwest Syria. As the area is being hit by a cold winter front, Christiana Aid is funding winter kits to people seeking shelter. These kits include plastic sheeting, mattresses, blankets, and heating materials.
Patrick Watt, CEO of Christian Aid, said:
“The scenes from this disaster are heartbreaking. And even before this devastating earthquake, we knew over four million people needed aid in Northwest Syria alone.
“We are hopeful that the British public will show the same spirit of solidarity and compassion that we saw in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine a year ago.
“Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to people hit by disaster. By joining us, you can help people in need rebuild their lives.”