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Statement of support following major earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Published: Thursday, 9th February 2023

As the world sees the devastation earthquakes caused in Turkey and Syria, claiming thousands of lives, Birmingham’s communities are being urged to support an international appeal to get aid to all.

One of the best ways to help is by donating money via trusted charities and aid organisations – it can reach the areas and organisations that need it much quicker than lorries that have to travel thousands of miles to deliver donated goods.

Birmingham City Council is recommending that any citizens or council staff who wish to support the aid effort make their donations through the following routes:

The Disasters Emergency Committee – The UK Government will match pound-for-pound, up to £5 million donated by the public to this appeal.  Full details can be found on the DEC website –

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Maureen Cornish, is urging people to donate what they can to help those who have lost everything in these disasters.

Lord Mayor said: “I am deeply saddened by these devastating earthquakes which have so far claimed more than 15,000 lives and leaving millions homeless. Many in our city will be affected by this and my sympathy is with you.

“I am urging people to donate what they can to help with this international appeal to get help, support and aid to those areas affected and all those displaced by this disaster.”

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Justice, Community Safety and Equalities, added: “These people have lost everything without warning – not just possessions, but homes, loved ones and their lives, in two horrific earthquakes within hours of each other.

“If you’re able to donate, please do. A donations of any amount will help the DEC Appeal with what will be a major international operation to ensure that aid reaches all of those who need help following this appalling and tragic disaster.”

The Library of Birmingham will also be lit in the Turkish flag colours – red and white – tomorrow night (10 February).

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