Africans Who Survived the Turkey Earthquake

Africans Who Survived the Turkey Earthquake (News Central TV)
Men search for people among the debris in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful quake has knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Two powerful earthquakes struck south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, killing hundreds and wrecking homes and infrastructure across the region. Among those who have extended condolences and shown sympathy with Turkey and Syria are the presidents of Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Burundi, Algeria, Gambia, amongst others. Their sympathies came after dozens of nations and organisations pledged to assist with rescue efforts in southern Turkey and northern Syria following Monday’s earthquake, which killed over 23,000 people.

As far as we know, the following Africans have survived the Turkey earthquake:

Four South Africans imprisoned in Turkey were not hurt in the catastrophic earthquake

Africans Who Survived the Turkey Earthquake (News Central TV)

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), four South Africans incarcerated in a Turkish prison escaped injuries during the country’s earthquake. Clayson Monyela, the department’s spokesperson, told News24 on Tuesday that the situation in the earthquake-ravaged country was being closely followed.

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“We are aware of four SA prisoners whose prison was affected, but there were no injuries. They’re fine. It’s a developing situation, so we will continue to monitor it. Our embassy in Ankara is on standby to assist any South African who may require it,” he stated.

The embassy also stated that no additional South Africans were reported to have been killed in the earthquake.

Eight Zimbabwean Students in Turkey are safe

Africans Who Survived the Turkey Earthquake (News Central TV)
Family members watch rescued teams working in their destroyed house in Elbistan, southeastern Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. Tens of thousands of people who lost their homes in a catastrophic earthquake huddled around campfires in the bitter cold and clamored for food and water Thursday, three days after the temblor hit Turkey and Syria. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

After the terrible earthquake that struck areas of Turkey and Syria early Monday morning, eight Zimbabwean students studying in Turkey are safe.

Alfred Mutiwazuka, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Turkey, said that he had not heard news of Zimbabweans killed in the earthquake.

“We have a sad situation here, but from a Zimbabwean perspective, we know of eight university students learning here,” he said. He added, “All of them are safe and have been given tents by rescue teams.”

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“We will continue to check if there are any other Zimbabweans who might have been affected.”

There were no Nigerians killed in the Turkey earthquake

Christian Atsu's Agents and Manager Deny Rescue Report (News Central TV)
A man searches for people in the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaziantep, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful quake has knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. (AP Photo/Mustafa Karali)

Although there was evidence that some Africans may have been affected by the earthquake in Turkey, there had been no reports of any Nigerian casualties, according to Enifoma Ubogu, Vice President of the Nigerian Community in Turkey, on Tuesday.

Ghanaian Midfielder, Priscilla Okyere survives quake

Footballer, Priscilla Okyere Gives Eyewitness Account of Turkey-Syria Earthquake (News Central TV)

27-year old Ghana and Hatayspor midfielder, Priscilla Okyere survived Monday’s terrible earthquake but is still afraid to sleep for fear of another one occurring.

 “I have not been sleeping for four days – I’m so scared to go to sleep.” Okyere said in an interview with the BBC. “Even today, we had a safe place to sleep. I haven’t closed my eyes from 5am till now,” she added.

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Okyere is now in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, after her coach arranged for her and her seven roommates to evacuate Hatay in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Meanwhile, one of Okyere’s compatriots and fellow Ghanaian who play for Hatayspor’s men’s squad, Christian Atsu, is still missing.

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