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Tearfund has launched an emergency appeal for people affected by the deadly series of earthquakes across the Turkey-Syria border.

More than 11,000 people are reported to have been killed and tens of thousands more are in desperate need of shelter, food and emergency assistance. Those numbers are rising by the hour so time is critical.

Martin Leach, the head of Tearfund’s response in the region says:

“Tearfund’s church partner in Aleppo has opened three shelters for people who have lost everything in the earthquake and who are trying to survive in freezing conditions. The Syrian Orthodox Church is providing shelter, hot meals, water and other life-saving items, such as blankets and warm clothes.

“We know what few hospitals they have in Syria are already full, so the church is now providing emergency response for around a thousand people. We urgently need your help.

“The most effective and efficient way to help these people right now is to give money. Tearfund ensures that money goes directly to our partner in Aleppo. They know exactly what is needed and where to get it.”


  • Pray for those still buried under the rubble
  • Pray for comfort for those who are grieving
  • Pray for the church leaders meet the emergency needs of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods


Spokespeople available - for further information or interview requests contact:
Sarah Mitchell on 07592 659986 ([email protected])
Sam Perriman on 07783 770487 ([email protected])

For out of hours media enquiries please call 07929 339813.

Notes to editors:

People can help provide food, warm clothing and other urgent assistance by donating at 

Tearfund is a Christian charity that partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries. We tackle poverty through sustainable development, responding to disasters and challenging injustice. We believe an end to extreme poverty is possible. Tearfund is also a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee. For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit

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