At 03:39 in the morning of 6 February 2023, a violent earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck Syria and Turkey, causing many thousands of dead, wounded, and missing, and countless collapses of houses and infrastructures. It will take time to get accurate estimates. Hospitals in the affected areas are overloaded. The operations of the first aid are complex and the intense cold makes the situation extremely difficult for rescuers and displaced persons, while there are repeated and intense tremors.
In this first phase of the emergency, everything is needed, starting with health care and food.
The Emergency Coordination of the Focolare Movement has started extraordinary fundraising through AMU and AFN. The donations will be managed jointly by AMU and AFN to reach the people affected by the earthquake with basic aid for food, medical care, housing, heating, and hospitality in different cities of the two countries: in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and in the Turkish region of Iskenderun. With the collaboration of local Churches.