International Students in Turkey Volunteer to Help Earthquake Victims

A group of international students in Turkey have volunteered for the Turkish Red Crescent to help people in the country, after an earthquake of 6.6 – 7.0 magnitude hit the Aegean region on October 30, 2020, leaving over a hundred people dead and thousands injured.

The most affected was Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, Erudera College News reports.

International students who have volunteered amid the crisis are nationals of the following countries:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Somalia
  • Yemen
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Afghanistan

Since the first day the disaster occurred, international students have been helping the earthquake victims in a bid to ease their sufferings and difficulties during the tough times.

Fatima Abdi, a student from Somalia, told Anadolu Agency that during the volunteering work she has been assisting in the aid depot and has served in the soup kitchen, claiming that the Turkish Red Crescent is doing a great job.

In 2018, a total of 135,419 students pursued studies in the country. This number has continued to increase over the years, as in 2019, there were 154,509 international students in Turkey.

There are nearly 200 universities in the country which are run by the state. Yet, both private and public universities work in accordance with the Bologna agreement. Several Turkish universities are partners of the Erasmus + program supporting the international student exchange.

Turkish Red Crescent is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is focused on offering relief to vulnerable groups and people in need.

October’s earthquake’s epicentre was about 13km northeast of the Greek Islands of Samos and was felt in other cities and provinces of Turkey as well, such as Istanbul, Bodrum, Manisa and Muğla.

Later after the earthquake, the area was hit by 277 aftershocks, 24 of which were reported to have been more powerful than the magnitude 4.0. As a consequence of the earthquake, many buildings have been damaged or totally collapsed.

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