Pope sends medicines for earthquake victims in Turkey

The third round of aid: 10,000 medicines

Holy See Press Office

The Elector of His Holiness, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, together with the Turkish Embassy to the the Holy See, coordinated this third round of aid

A new gesture of proximity by Pope Francis for those affected by the devastating earthquake that shook the area on the border between Turkey and Syria on 6 February, with a death toll of over 50,000. The Dicastery for the Service of Charity, on the Pontiff’s mandate, is sending medicines destined for the population, in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy to the Holy See. Between yesterday and today, 10,000 medicines are arriving at board airliners in Turkey.

Immediately after the earthquake, which displaced almost 2 million people in Turkey, the Apostolic Elemosineria had mobilized by sending mainly canned food, as well as nappies and other materials for the most urgent needs. About 10,000 thermal shirts arrived in Iskenderun to be distributed between Turkey and Syria. A second dispatch of three pallets of medicines was recorded on 23 February.