Aslihan Kavasoglu has spent the final six days camped out together with her household in a small constructing in a park within the Turkish metropolis of Antakya, mourning misplaced kin. Now all she needs to do is to go away her quake-devastated hometown.
“I misplaced my two sisters, brother and mom within the quake. Most of my household is gone. Save us from right here, we do not have anyplace to go. I do not understand how we are going to get out of right here,” Aslihan advised Reuters.
Aslihan, her husband and their three boys fled their house and arrived on the park shortly after the earthquake struck early on Monday and so they have stayed there since, discovering refuge in a small one-storey constructing that they’re sharing with a number of different households.
They sit and sleep on mattresses laid out on the ground, and depend on the meals and water introduced by assist employees to the park, the place greater than 500 individuals have taken refuge and live in tents and one-storey buildings.
The park seemed to be beneath building earlier than the earthquakes and its aftershocks struck. Now it has turn into a camp for the homeless, however life there’s powerful.
Mounds of rubbish are scattered round, with litter within the playground. The air smells of trash and of the heavy smoke from the bonfires households maintain lit all through the day as they attempt to keep heat.
Packing containers of meals and water bottles line the doorway of the park, in addition to clothes donated from across the nation.
The constructing the place Aslihan and her husband lived was one of many few left standing, however they mentioned they did not really feel secure coming into it regardless that they’ve nowhere else to go.
On Saturday night volunteer cooks, a few of them from different cities, had been passing out pasta with tomato sauce.
“God bless them, we’re given meals and different assist,” mentioned Aslihan.
However she mentioned the hygiene circumstances had deteriorated, with individuals having to make use of the road as bogs.
“In every single place smells horrible. We will not sleep at evening due to the odor,” she mentioned
She mentioned she needed to maneuver to the capital Ankara, the place any individual they know advised them they’d discovered work and an residence.
Her husband Taha, a rubbish collector working for Antakya municipality, mentioned he didn’t want to depart his hometown, however would do no matter is nice for his household.
“We initially thought it was a number of buildings that collapsed. We noticed the fact within the morning however we solely acquired assist three days later,” Taha mentioned.
“No person needs to go away their hometown. I would not depart my hometown however I’ll do it for my household.”
(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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