UNITED Statement on Turkey and Syria Earthquake

Ruins after earthquake

What happened in the last hours it’s not only a tragedy but a global catastrophe and as such it demands global solidarity

Monday morning at 4.17 there was a 7.8 scale earthquake that lasted 90 seconds! (https://www.usgs.gov/news/featured-story/magnitude-78-earthquake-nurdagi-turkey) The area of the quake was enormous, like 300 kms across and covered 10 cities, bigger than the whole of Belgium (https://goo.gl/maps/A5RXWmnuF4jZKgxk6). 9 hours later another 7.5 scale quake that happened on another fault line near the area caused more damage. On top of that the long awaited winter snow came down full power that day. Thousands of buildings collapsed, old and new, and as I write this there are still tens of thousands of people under the rubble, many of which are still alive. 

These are the words of a Turkish person who could see what happened and who decided to share it with us to give a glimpse of this catastrophe.

Every update coming from Turkey and Syria and regarding the recent earthquakes that destroyed the region brings unbearable pain and all the weight coming from the loss of so many human lives (more than 11.000 thousands as we speak, tragically bound to become many more…).

Nobody should be exposed to such events and even though they are connected with nature and with some unpredictable events, it’s nonetheless society’s responsibility to protect and prevent population and in such worrying times there should be a global effort to set guidelines and to ensure the safety of everyone everywhere, doing our best to avoid the loss of thousands of people.

For Turkey and Syria it is unfortunately too late but we can at least help the many organisations on the field so please find below a list of relevant links that we collected from different sources and we believe could provide significant help.


We must mourn but we must also act.



This is the list made by the Council of Foundations : https://cof.org/news/philanthropys-response-turkey-and-syria-earthquake


Below some worldwide organisations and initiatives that are active with crowdfunding and support:

UNHCR: https://donate.unhcr.org/int/en/turkiye-syria-earthquake-emergency#_ga=2.130190159.1149048350.1675933909-1389130927.1675933909

Save the children: https://www.savethechildren.net/

Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2023/red-crescent-teams-responding-to-earthquake-in-turkey-and-syria.html