As most have heard, on Monday the 7th of February a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Syria and Türkiye (Turkey), leaving devastation in its wake. At this time, 34,000 people have lost their lives and the death toll is expected to still climb.

Leah, from Sonshine’s Table Talk Show, spoke to Lisanne Van Der Schors, the Communications Lead from Medair. Medair’s work in Syria started in 2015, focusing on rehabilitating homes and hospitals and repairing water and sewage systems. Lisanne’s team usually operates out of Damascus, but mobilised to Aleppo after the disaster.

“These are such vulnerable people”, says Lisanne. “We didn’t think it could get any worse, and then it did.”


She hopes people across the world will understand how drastically Syrian and Turkish people need support.”The needs do not end when all of the bodies have been retrieved from the rubble.” The number one request Lisanne’s team is hearing is help to get warm. Despite overnight temperatures dropping to -3 degrees (celsius), people are too scared to sleep inside buildings as aftershocks continue to cause destruction.

Join in the conversation and hear what life is like in the immediate aftermath of the Kahramanmaras Earthquake. The people of Syria and Türkiye desperately need warm clothes and blankets, medical care and food and water. You can support the efforts of Lisanne and her Medair team and donate vital funds here.