Like everyone, I have been glued to the news about the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Because it happened at 4am local time, most people were still in bed, which meant the early numbers would become catastrophic before the week ended. And it did.
Figures are now pushing towards 25,000 deaths, with four times as many injured, and based on the number of collapsed buildings that are still to be cleared, we have to ask – will we exceed 100,000? More? We can do nothing but wait to hear.
An added burden in this catastrophe are the freezing conditions, which are a HUGE factor in the rescue efforts, as well as the intense challenge of getting rescue workers or aid on the ground due to poor/destroyed infrastructure, or the fact Syria is a war zone with completely broken infrastructure.
Those who did survive or have been lucky enough to be pulled from the rubble, face even more risks due to these many challenges. Equally, with medical help a fraction of what is required following a catastrophe like this, many more deaths may follow.
The global outpouring of support and donations has shown the beauty of humanity. However, having dealt with catastrophes to a much lesser extent myself, can I encourage everyone to donate to the organisations and charities who are on the ground and can get what is needed to the front line urgently?
I know it feels amazing shopping for bedding or sorting through second hand winter coats and clothes at home, but the reality is, those who can do the most right now – when time is so critical – need immediate funding to do the work that is necessary.
So much is wasted in these moments of charity, and truly, the best support we can offer – if we can afford it – is financial aid to the organisations ready to do the hard work required to help all impacted, today and into the future.
To give you a flavor of where you can support financially, here’s a list, including some that recommend different charities to support.
Let’s do all we can to help our fellow humans, in Turkey and Syria and around the world.
Friend’s content and mine
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Turkey and Syria earthquake
Business and technology
ChatGPT: The friendly face of your AI replacement tks Warwick Merry
I tried using ChatGPT to write this article tks Tim Wade
ChatGPT and the Future of Business Education. tks Grant Bosnick
The Christian Right Is Having a Meltdown Over the ‘Satanic’ Grammys tks Patrice Robinet
Passion, humour, history
YouTube’s ‘Penis Enlargement’ Grifter Suffers Bloody Death in Thailand tks Frank Roberts
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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