ANTAKYA Turkey’s devastating earthquake, he discovered his 75-year-old mother was still alive — but pinned under the wreckage.
Boncuk spent hours searching for someone in Antakya’s ancient, devastate city. to Help him to free her. He was free. to talk to She should hold onto her and pour water. However, despite his repeated pleas, she was not able to be revived and died the next day, Tuesday, after the quake.
As many Turkish people, his sadness and despair have become a part of daily life. to Rage over There has been an injustice and ineffective sense. response to This historic tragedy has claimed the lives of tens and thousands in Syria as well.
Boncuk directed his anger At President Recep Tyyip ErdoganShe seemed to be so close. to Rescue but nobody came. Close to a week after collapse, the remains of her mother were removed by volunteers on Sunday. His body remains in the rubble.
“What would happen if it was your own mother, dear Recep Tayyip Erdogan? What happened to being a world leader? Where are you? Where?” He shouted.
“I gave her water to drink, I cleared her face of rubble. I told her that I would save her. But I failed,” Boncuk said, 60. “The last time we spoke, I asked if I should help her drink some water. She said no, so I rubbed some water on her lips. Ten minutes later, she died.”
He blamed “ignorance and lack of information and care — that’s why my mother died in front of my eyes.”
Turkey is not alone in their frustration at the slow pace of rescue operations since the Feb 6 earthquakes. They also feel that precious time has been lost when people were still alive.
Others, particularly in southern Hatay province near the Syrian border, say Erdogan’s government was late in delivering assistance to They suspect that the region was hit hard by religious or political motives.
Elif Busra Ozturk, a woman from the southeast town Adiyaman, waited in the rubble of a building Saturday, where her aunt and uncle were believed to be dead. She also found the bodies of two cousins.
“For three days, I waited outside for help. No one came. There were so few rescue teams that they could only intervene in places they were sure there were people alive,” She said.
Abdullah Tas (66), said that he was found asleep in his car next to the house where his daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren had been buried. He stated that the rescuers first came to his aid four days after the accident. earthquake struck. His claim could not be independently verified by the Associated Press.
“What good is that for the people under the debris?” He was curious.
As bulldozers pounded at the luxury high-rise apartment building, which had fallen onto its side in Antakya on Saturday, witnesses stood by police tape.
The 12-story structure was home to over 1000 people at the time of the earthquake, according to reports. to Family members and friends were watching as the effort was made to recover. The relatives watched the recovery effort from their homes. to Their release was slow and not dangerous.
“This is an atrocity, I don’t know what to say,” said Bediha Kanmaz, 60. The bodies of his son and 7-month-old grandson had been pulled from the building — still locked in an embrace — but his daughter-in-law was still inside.
“We open body bags to see if they’re ours, we’re checking if they’re our children. We’re even checking the ones that are torn to pieces,” Her words were for herself as well as other relatives who are grieving.
Kanmaz also blamed Turkey’s government for the slow responseThe national rescue services were accused of being incompetent by the plaintiffs. to do enough to Save lives.
She and others in Antakya expressed the belief that the presence of a large minority of Alevis — an Anatolian Islamic community that differs from Sunni and Shia Islam and Alawites in Syria — had made them a low priority for the government. Traditionally, few Alevis vote for Erdogan’s ruling party. However, there was no evidence that this region was ignored for sectarian reasons.
Erdogan stated Wednesday that the disaster relief efforts in each of the affected 10 provinces were ongoing and denied any claims about no assistance from government institutions such as military. “lies, fake slander.”
He has admitted his shortcomings. Officials said rescue efforts in Hatay were initially complicated by the destruction of the local airport’s runway and bad road conditions.
Anger over The extent of destruction is however not limitless to individuals. Turkish authorities detained or issued detention warrants to dozens of individuals allegedly linked in building buildings that fell, according to the justice minister. to You can punish the guilty.
Kanmaz attributed the negligence of the building developer to the deaths of her family members.
“If I could wrap my hands around the contractor’s neck, I would tear him to shreds,” She said.
That contractor, who oversaw the construction of the 250-unit building, was detained at Istanbul Airport on Friday before boarding a flight out of the country, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported. He was officially arrested on Saturday. According to his lawyer, the public wanted a scapegoat.
Tensions in the multiethnic South Turkey are on the rise. Many expressed dismay at the expulsion of Syrian refugees. to They are competing with Turkish citizens for resources and burdening the poor welfare system in this region due to their civil war.
“There are many poor people in Hatay, but they don’t offer us any welfare; they give it to the Syrians. They give so much to the Syrians,” Kanmaz said. “There are more Syrians than Turks here.”
On Saturday, there were indications that tensions might be boiling over.
Austrian Armed Forces (and two German aid organizations) temporarily stopped rescue operations in Hatay, citing safety fears. According to the spokesperson of the Austrian Defense Ministry, they resumed their duties after the Turkish army secured that area.
“There is increasing tension between different groups in Turkey,” The Austrian Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Kugelweis spoke to the APA news agency. “Shots have reportedly been fired.”
German news agency dpa stated that Steven Berger (chief of operations at the I.S.A.R. aid group), was killed. Germany stated that “it can be seen that grief is slowly giving way to anger” in Turkey’s affected regions.
Kanmaz said it was a combination of grief, anger and sadness. anger.
“I’m angry. Life is over,” She said. “We live for our children; what matters most to us is our children. We exist if they exist. Now we are over. Everything you see here is over.”