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In recent years, Turkey has taken in more than 3.7 million refugees who have fled their homes because of the ongoing civil war in Syria. This makes Turkey the country that has taken in the most refugees worldwide.

On 6 February 2023, Turkey and Syria were shaken by several violent earthquakes. Tens of thousands of people are dead or injured, many are still missing. In Turkey, around 12 million people live in the areas affected by the earthquake, including two million Syrian refugees. The need for humanitarian aid is huge: the affected people need shelter, medical care, food and drinking water. Together with local partner organisations, we provide humanitarian aid and distribute, for example, emergency relief packages, tents, mattresses and nappies to affected families.


Two women hand an emergency aid package to an elderly lady.

Emergency aid and reconstruction after the earthquake

On 6 February 2023, two major earthquakes struck the Turkish-Syrian border region. More than 50,000 people died and over 100,000 were injured. In total, 26 million people were affected. AWO International was active in emergency relief and continues to support the local population with psychosocial programmes and help with reconstruction.

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