On 6 February, two strong earthquakes hit southern Turkey and northern Syria. More than 45,000 people died, tens of thousands more were injured and many people were made homeless. Some of the affected towns have almost completely disappeared.
"These earthquakes did not just hit one region, but given the number of casualties and the millions of homeless people, it is a tragedy we will be dealing with for a long time. We mourn, but at the same time we are doing our best for the survivors of the earthquake. We know that aid can make life in the affected areas more bearable."
Irem Güven (PhD student in Philosophy at UPCE)
A number of trusted organisations are helping at the disaster site. If you would like to help, you can use the following options:
Czech organisations helping on the ground
- Charity collection of People in Need
- Charity collection of Caritas Czech Republic
There are 12 colleagues from Turkey and Syria studying at UPCE. The university counselling centre APUPA is free of charge for all those who need psychological help.
Photo: An aerial view collapsed buildings in Hatay, Turkey. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images