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    Turkey Earthquake: 7 Year Old Girl Protects Brother Under Rubble, Picture Goes Viral

    On Monday, February 6, 2023, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck parts of Turkey's south, causing extensive damage both in Turkey and in neighbouring Syria. Among the videos and pictures of damage, there is a picture of a little Syrian girl protecti...
    • Alice Mary Topno
    • Editorial
    Updated at - 2023-02-08,15:11 IST
    Syria Earthquake

    In southern Turkey and Syria, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of about 6,000 people. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, has declared a three-month emergency in 10 regions as rescuers look for survivors inside collapsed structures.

    In a territory already strained by war, displaced people, and economic hardship, the enormous earthquake, one of the largest in an earthquake-prone area in the past century, is igniting fears of a new humanitarian crisis.

    A 7-Year-Old Girl Shielding Her Brother Under Rubble In Syria Goes Viral 

    On various social media platforms, an image of a little Syrian girl holding her brother as they are both buried by debris in Syria has gone viral. The picture was shared on Twitter by a United Nations representative, Mohamad Safa who also said that the children were rescued after 17 hours and are now safe. The picture has already reached 4.5M views and 166.3K likes. 

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    Users Reaction To The Picture 

    The picture left user's emotional, and many praised the little girl for showing courage and compassion during such a dangerous condition.

    In the comment section, one user wrote, “Miracles happen. What a great big sister! lovingly protective under such stressful circumstances. There is hope for all those still trapped”. Another commented, “One of today's heroes”. Another said, “The bravest and strongest girl. May Allah always protect them”. One user also commented, “Respect for all the rescuers working tirelessly”. 

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    Mother Died But The Newborn Baby Was Pulled Alive From Rubble

    The rescuers dug through the debris and discovered a newborn child. After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Jindayris, which was occupied by rebels, the newborn, who was still attached to her mother by the umbilical cord, was pulled alive by members of her extended family.

    Online users have been sharing the video of the baby's rescue from the collapsed building. In the short video, we can see a rescuer carrying a newborn baby. The video was shared by Hoshang Hassan, Journalist, SME in Syrian and Kurdish affairs. The baby was soon rushed to a hospital in the nearby town of Afrin. 

    Death Toll In Turkey & Syria Earthquake  

    All social media platforms have been flooded with pictures of the earthquake's devastation, which is one of the most heinous disasters to date. The most recent reports indicate that at least 5894 people have died in Turkey and 2032 have died in Syria; WHO officials warn that the total may reach 20,000.

    Given its size, the earthquake is now regarded as one of the deadliest ones Turkey and Syria have experienced in the past 20 years. Humanitarian aid is currently being given to the people in the earthquake-affected countries as well as by other international communities.

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