MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, TURKEY — Volunteers of Lazismu (the Muhammadiyah zakat management body) of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Turkey visited the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara.
The visit aimed to provide aid for Turkey earthquake survivors evacuated to the embassy’s homestead. The Lazismu staff Tri Julia Wulandari mentioned the aid involving groceries, cleaning tools, women’s and men’s stuff, trousers, gloves, socks, and medicines. Most of them were addressed to survive during winter.
Julia said many survivors were traumatized and couldn’t sleep well because of the aftershock and low temperature. Besides, children from Kahramanmaraş spent the first-night post-earthquake sleeping in the pavilion.
“They said they were no longer interested in playing snow. It was cold out there. They were freezing, their winter jacket was wet and smelled bad,” told Julia.
“The earthquake hit at dawn (local time), and it was snowing. Many people there could survive in that condition. Indeed, a lot of people in Kahramanmaraş didn’t have proper meal for almost 24 hours. They ate anything there because they had to share with other evacuees,” said Julia.
In addition, the other volunteers were the Vice Chair of the Aisyiyah Special Branch (PCIA) of Turkey and the program staff of Lazismu of PCIM Turkey Bella Kinanti and a member of PCIA Turkey Nisa Nur Jafna.