Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sonata In B Minor Benefit For Victims

In the recent days, so often! So often it happens! Earthquakes in Indonesia, Haiti, Chile, and now my country, Turkey.

"My two brothers died. The tent was so cold, and we could
not sleep all night due to the fear of another quake. We are not in good condition. We have neither money nor a house. We want a house."

This conversation is between private news channel NTV and a local from the village where is in the eastern province of Elazı
ğ that a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck their "six" poor villages this Monday morning early at 4:32am our local time, catching many locals in their sleep. Deleted three-villages from the map! Current figures is as follows:

--57 people dead, 71 wounded, 30 hospitalized
--70% of the animals dead
--Many stone and mud-brick buildings destroyed

As the structure of the buildings in the region were not better, the earthquake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale had an intensify of 8.0! Because the mud-brick construction of many houses were not resistant to the earthquakes, and caused easily so much death killing entire families in their beds and badly destruction:

230 tents, 2,000 blankets, 20 prefabricated houses, 2 mobile kitchens, and experienced personnel. The Red Crescent dispatched this help to the villages. Donations for humanity can be given to (below)Türk Kızılay (the Turkish Red Crescent) visiting the official website here

photos via gazeteport

A helping hand comes out from our internationally renowed pianist Gülsin Onay that she will be in benefit concert this evening.
An organization of Turkish Women's League of America, it is planned to start from 7:00pm at Times Center (242 West 41st Street) in New York City. For tickets and info please visit ATKB (Amerika Türk Kadınlar Birliği)

Officials state that following the removal of the rubble they will determine the best place to construct new, permanent houses. With last-minute and/or after happening solutions we can not invest for the future. How will you project about dozens of similar mud-brick houses previously built in other regions of the country? Will you demolish them, and then rebuild new strong ones?

I am searching for an answer for stopping my heart from crying but I can't: isn't it too late to start a process of rural transformation to urban transformation, Sirs?


  1. I sincerely hope the earth stops its dangerous trembling, Nihal. And i hope those affected may get a new home and help as soon as possible.

  2. I think it's never too late... We can try to help too... even if our assistance is modest.

  3. Nihal, in the presence of such catastrophes really there are no words. I hope all the victims may find a great help and feel better very soon with a new home; a prayer for all of them: Turkey, Indonesia, Haiti, Chile.

  4. Kıymetli Nihal hanım,şu sıralar dünyanın dünyanın çeşitli yerlerinden üzücü deprem haberleri alıyoruz.Doğal afetler karşısında pek yapacak birşeyimiz yok ama ,yapıları kuralına göre yapmayınca da kayıplar ve zarar çoğalıyor.Yapılar plansız ve gerekli standartta olmayınca bu sonuçlar kaçınılmaz .İnsan ne yaparsa kendine ,hata birgün mutlaka karşınıza çıkıyor.İnşallah bu hazin görüntüler son olur.Allah beterinden saklasın.Saygılarımla.