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Turkey & Syria emergency

8 February 2023, 10:45 AM (CST)

Two deadly earthquakes hit south-eastern Turkey in the early hours of Monday, killing over 8000 in Turkey and Syria and injuring tens of thousands more.

Millennium's local partner, First Hope Association/ilkUmutDernegi (in Turkish), is on the ground, joining search and rescue efforts and mobilizing their emergency vehicles to provide essential services to the displaced.

"Weather conditions are very bad. In disaster areas... there are problems in transportation."

To support the life-saving work of this team, please donate at the link below.

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