Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - A month after the disaster of February 6, while the spotlights of the mass media are shifting and international attention is diminishing, it is necessary not to forget the victims of the severe earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, whose consequences are still very serious: this is what Caritas Korea says, which announced a special collection, during the Lent period, to constitute an emergency fund of 200,000 US dollars, destined to support the earthquake victims in the Middle East. The fundraiser, initiated and launched in recent days, reads: "We ask for your help to support the emergency aid for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Let us not forget them!".
Caritas relies on the unlimited and proverbial generosity of the Korean faithful: among the Korean donors, the public and private entities that immediately responded, we find the Seoul Catholic Social Welfare Society, the Missionary Support Association which bears the name of Cardinal Jin-seok Jeong , the Association of Korean Catholic Superiors, while individual parish communities, associations, schools and even Catholic kindergartens are also sending their contribution, in what is described as "a moving solidarity race".
President of Caritas Korea, Msgr. Shin Chin-chul, said that the emergency relief funds will be donated through Caritas Turkey and Caritas Syria and will be used to provide emergency shelter, food and water to the dispiace persons. After completing the initial survey and follow-up, Caritas Turkey officially released the 'Emergency Relief Project for Earthquake Victims': in Iskenderun, Antakya and Mersin, where the damage was most severe, volunteers distribute food, health kits, winter supplies and basic necessities. Emergency housing assistance is also offered in Istanbul and Izmir, where refugees have moved. On the Syrian side, Caritas Syria has launched emergency aid in Aleppo, Hama and other places where the damage has been greatest, distributing food, hygiene kits, water and basic necessities, while planning medium and long-term support operations.
After receiving the reports on the situation, Caritas Korea agreed to donate 100,000 USD for the Caritas emergency relief project in Turkey and 100,000 USD for the Caritas emergency relief project in Syria.
It should be noted that in the first month following the disaster, as part of other solidarity initiatives for those affected, the Church in South Korea has already collected more than USD 290,000 for humanitarian aid. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 7/3/2022)
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