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TABLE OF ORPHANS: Symbolic dining table in Berlin raises awareness of earthquake orphans of Türkiye, Syria

Islamic Relief, a prominent Islamic charity based in Berlin, set up a symbolic dining table on Friday, September 8, to raise awareness about the children orphaned by the devastating earthquakes that struck southern Türkiye and northern Syria in February 2023, reports Middle East Monitor.

The dining table, measuring 75 meters (246 feet) in length, was arranged by Islamic Relief and named the “Table of Orphans”. It featured empty plates and cups in memory of the earthquake orphans.

During the event in front of the German Parliament, or Bundestag, Sevgi Kulanoglu, the Charity’s representative, highlighted that the earthquakes had left tens of thousands of children orphaned and called for support and solidarity with them.

On February 6, earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.6 struck 11 Turkish provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Hatay, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa, resulting in the loss of more than 50,000 lives.

Around 14 million people in Türkiye have been affected by the quakes as well as many others in northern Syria.


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