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In this update you will find out how your contributions have helped people who have been affected by the earthquake in Syria-Türkiye (Turkey) and refugees who fled to Armenia.

Thanks to your ongoing support and being part of our Emergency Response Team. Your support has allowed us to respond quickly during an emergency. Our local partners and experts are able to provide immediate support such as food, clean water, shelter, blankets, and hygiene kits.

Syria and Türkiye (Turkey)

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CAFOD's local partners respond to the earthquake

Last year, on 6 February, Syria and Türkiye (Turkey) experienced a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed over 50,000 of people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings.

Thanks to your ongoing support, our local experts were able to respond quickly and provided water, shelter, hygiene kits, and food. We were able to reach more than 50,000 people in the area who were supplied with what they really needed in the face of this terrible disaster.

Our local experts are continuing to support people, they are now focusing on long-term recovery by helping children to attend school and supporting people to access jobs. They are also providing more long-term mental health support; maintaining and repairing water structures and supporting communities to build their own plans so that donations go where they are needed most.

On behalf of our team, we would like to thank them for being so supportive and generous. It was a real pleasure to be able to share with the partners and the communities that although their situation was horrible, a huge amount of people in the UK and all over the world were thinking of them and sending messages of solidarity and funds to support them every day.

CAFOD local partner in Syria

We are continuing to support the work of our local partners in the affected areas.

Hear from Alia*, a humanitarian aid worker with CAFOD's local partner in Syria, recall the horrific events of 6 February 2023 and our response to date:



Refugee receiving hot meals in Armenia

In October 2023 severe conflict broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region in the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan which is home to 120,000 ethnic Armenians. Long-standing tensions erupted after the blockade by the Azeri forces of the Lachin corridor, the only road linking the region with Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. This led to a refugee emergency, with an estimated 102,000 people fleeing their homes and entering Armenia.

Thanks to your ongoing support, our local partner Caritas Armenia, has been providing 454 families with essential items and post-traumatic psycho-social services to 250 people.