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Relief Work Continues Months After Earthquake

Relief Work Continues Months After Earthquake 1-min

Hundreds of displaced families in Southern Turkey received boxes of food and hygiene supplies in an on-the-ground response led by Brother’s Brother Foundation and Life for Relief and Development (LIFE). Three months after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Northern Syria, the region remains devastated. An estimated 1.4 million Turks are living in informal settlements or in rural areas close to their destroyed homes, and at least 4.1 million people in Northwest Syria still rely on humanitarian aid to meet their most basic needs. Both areas suffered from inflation and food instability prior to the catastrophic earthquake, and now the problem is worse.

BBF and LIFE distributed 400 food packages and 130 hygiene kits to families in the provinces of Hatay, Al-Bustan, and Kahramanmaraş. Items inside the boxes included food staples–flour, rice, sugar, lentils, black beans, chickpeas, tomato sauce, instant soup and tea—and everyday hygiene supplies from shampoo and toothpaste to dish soap and sponges.

The operation marked the second phase in BBF and LIFE’s response to the earthquake, following similar supply distribution in Northern Syria immediately after the earthquakes in February.