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Convoy of Hope Relief En Route After Earthquakes in Turkey & Syria
SPRINGFIELD, MO — FEBRUARY 6, 2022 — Convoy of Hope is responding to the multiple earthquakes that have killed thousands of people in Turkey and Syria. Food, water, and other essentials will be sent to the region as quickly as possible.
“Convoy of Hope is there to serve communities devastated by these earthquakes,” said Ryan Grabill, Convoy of Hope’s senior director of International Disaster Services. “We’re working with local partners on the ground to meet the most significant needs at this time.”
The most powerful was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the region Monday, leveling buildings in both Turkey and Syria and trapping hundreds beneath the rubble. Tragically, the death toll will certainly rise as rescuers attempt to find survivors. Snowy winter weather and violent aftershocks — one nearly as strong as the original earthquake — have made rescue efforts frustratingly slow. The earthquake was so strong that it was felt as far away as Cairo, Egypt.
Convoy of Hope has a long history of serving in the region. Since 2015, Convoy has worked across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in response to multiple refugee crises.
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a global, faith-based organization that serves vulnerable communities. By partnering with local churches, businesses, civic organizations, and government agencies, Convoy has strategically offered help and hope in more than 125 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1994, Convoy of Hope has served 200 million people and counting. Each year since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded its highest rating to the organization — recognizing Convoy as a Four-Star Charity. Visit convoyofhope.org to learn more.
Photo caption: February 6, 2023, Syria, Harem: Syrian civilians and members of the White Helmets conduct search and rescue operations in the rubble of a collapsed building following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Syria. Photo by: Anas Alkharboutli/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images