I’ve been debating whether or not to include with this post the tweets I’ve been seeing – of rescue workers attempting to rescue victims, many of them children, from the devastation. Watching it is hard on all of us, and yet that can be one of the values of social media: so that the rest of the world can truly understand how much help is needed, and not ignore what’s happened to so many people after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck south-eastern Türkiye near the border with Syria earlier this week. More than 15,000 people are dead and thousands more are injured, with the death toll expected to rise as entire city blocks have been flattened in some towns.  

Rescue workers are desperately searching for survivors in cities and towns across the area with the clock ticking and weather making efforts more difficult. Time is of the essence. International aid is needed now in order to reach and save as many lives as possible and to deliver food and supplies to those affected.  

If you are able to, please donate generously.  You can click here to donate via the Humanitarian Coalition, or here to donate through the Canadian Red Cross. Any amount is urgently needed.