Thousands of children and families are at risk after two devastating earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks hit Sryia and south-east Türkiye on February 6, 2023. Death toll keeps mounting in the two countries. Thousands of homes are likely to have been destroyed, displacing families. It is likely that schools, hospitals, and other medical and educational facilities will have been damaged or destroyed by the quakes, further impacting children.
Amid waves of aftershocks — and a second earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude — UNICEF is already on the ground in Syria rushing lifesaving assistance to children and families. In Türkiye, UNICEF is coordinating with the Government, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency on the emerging needs linked to the wider humanitarian response. (In the unusual event that donations for Emergency Appeal for Syria and Türkiye exceed the needs, we will direct the gift to support children in crises.)