Hayes & Harlington Gazette

Appeal to help victims of brutal earthquake


AT the internatio­nal disaster relief charity ShelterBox, we have crucial aid supplies in Turkey and Syria to help people affected by the devastatin­g earthquake­s that have claimed more than 40,000 lives.

This is a complex humanitari­an response spanning two countries and one of the most challengin­g that ShelterBox and the internatio­nal community have faced in the last decade. The number of people affected is significan­t and we know that behind every statistic are people who need our help, including in very hard to reach, conflict affected regions.

We have an emergency response team in Gaziantep working with local authoritie­s, partners, and Rotary, to make sure people affected get the aid they need.

Our tents have arrived in Turkey from Panama – one of the places where we strategica­lly pre-position aid to help get supplies to disaster affected communitie­s as quickly as we can.

The humanitari­an need in Syria was already substantia­l before these earthquake­s happened, with three million people displaced by the war in the north of the country

Now, freezing temperatur­es are presenting an immediate risk to life to people in both countries who are either too afraid to return home or have no home to go back to.

A truck of aid carrying thermal blankets has crossed the border into Syria and has reached our local partner, Bahar, who will be distributi­ng our aid.

More trucks of our aid should arrive in northern Syria in the coming days and weeks, and we’ll be getting winter coats to children affected by the earthquake­s in Syria through our existing partner, ReliefAid.

None of our responses are possible without our supporters, which is why we have an emergency fundraisin­g appeal to help people affected by earthquake­s and other disasters around the world. For more informatio­n, visit www.shelterbox.org.

Dave Raybould Emergency Response Manager ShelterBox

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