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Turkey & Syria Quake: Moments of Hope Amidst Disaster

It’s always uplifting to see hope descending on people when struck with calamities and engulfed in deep distress and despair.

In the middle of the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria last Monday, it’s good to see some heart-warming stories making headlines, and beaming rays of hope to the aching hearts.

Below are some examples of such inspiring stories which have caught people’s attention over the past few hours.

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Save the Bird

In what’s clear to be a miracle, Berat, a 13-year-old boy, was rescued from rubble on Wednesday, 55 hours after devastating quakes hit southern Turkey, Gulf News reported.

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While being taken to the ambulance, Berat handed his bird that was saved along with him to his aunt, Dondu Ozturk, before being referred to the nearest hospital.

My Hijab First

A viral video shows a woman being rescued from debris of her home. As the rescue teams finally reached her, asking her to get out, she asked for a hijab first to cover her hair.

Elderly Help

As volunteers of all ages rushed to join aid efforts to help ease the plight of earthquake victims, a photo showed an elderly woman carrying a heavy pack of donations to the affected areas.

Volunteers Rush

Thousands of people across Turkey have joined aid efforts to help ease the plight of the earthquake survivors. A photo showed thousands of volunteers flocking to Istanbul Airport eager to engage in assistance and rescue efforts.

“About 11,780 citizen volunteers, who came to airports to go to the earthquake zone following an AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Authority) invitation, were taken to Adana, Gaziantep, Adiyaman and Urfa with a total of 80 flights this morning until 7 a.m.” said Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi on Tuesday, Daily Sabah reported. 

The death toll from the earthquake in southern Turkey and northern Syria has climbed past 9,400, making it the deadliest seismic event in more than a decade.