British help employee states it’s ‘advantage’ to assist earthquake survivors

    Joe English with a boy in Turkey

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    Joe English with a kid in Turkey (Picture: Unicef/ PA)

    A British help employee has actually stated he is fortunate to be assisting kids in the wake of ravaging earthquakes in Turkey and Syria– however worries for their psychological health.

    Unicef’s Joe English, 35, has actually been dealing with youths who lost their houses after the 7.8 magnitude quake on February 6.

    ‘I can leave, I can get on a plane at the end of this trip,’ he stated. ‘Many of these families cannot; this is their life.’

    Mr English, initially from west London, showed up in Gaziantep, Turkey, 10 days after the quake.

    Following a 2nd earthquake on February 21, he went to northernSyria Unicef has actually supplied drinking water however Mr English fears the distress triggered by the catastrophe might have long-lasting effects.

    ‘We’ re doing what we can to reach kids with psychosocial assistance, to provide safe areas to play, to colour in and be with their buddies– simply to be a kid once again,’ he stated.

    Many Syrian kids were displaced by the civil war that started in 2011.

    Displaced children in southern Turkey

    Displaced kids in southern Turkey (Picture: Unicef/ PA)

    ‘I was speaking to an 11-year-old yesterday: his entire life has been set against this backdrop of conflict and displacement,’ Mr English stated.

    Fundraising in the UK was vital for Unicef’s work, he included. To discover more, check out the charity’s site.

    Pregnant mum’s children constantly ask when they can go house.

    A pregnant mum required to survive on the streets after the earthquake states her children constantly ask when they can go house. Aalaa, who now shares a Unicef shelter with kids Mona, 4 and Ritaj, 3, states she sings to them in the evening to stop them weeping. Their Jableh house in Syria was flattened by the quake.

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