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Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria: Malteser International sends emergency relief team

Cologne/Gaziantep. After the severe earthquake in Türkiye and Syria early Monday morning, the Turkish government has asked the international community for help. The quake had a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. According to reports so far, more than 600 people were killed in both countries. However, the numbers are rising rapidly and the damage to residential buildings and infrastructure is massive. Malteser International (MI) has sent an emergency relief team to the affected region.

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"The people in Ukraine are traumatised"

Pavlo Titko, Head of Malteser Ukraine, reports that many Ukrainians need psychosocial support. "Many people are already traumatised. We expect that after the war millions of people will still need therapeutic support." Since February, Malteser International has supported almost 20,000 people in Ukraine with psychosocial services such as group or individual talks with psychologists or special services for children. Children in particular are suffering from the current situation. According to UN figures, 1.5 million children are affected.

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Hunger in Kenya/Ethiopia: Malteser International expands aid to prevent conflicts

Cologne/Nairobi. For more than two years, the Horn of Africa has experienced a persistent decline in rainfall. According to the United Nations, more than 20 million people there are in urgent need of aid as a result of a severe drought. 7.46 million children are acutely malnourished. Livestock has starved to death, fields are destroyed, wells have dried up. Malteser International is now extending its emergency aid from Kenya to Ethiopia, providing people with drinking water and cash.

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"Pakistan is in ruins due to the climate catastrophe"

Cologne/Islamabad. More than two months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, some parts of Sindh province are still under water. "In Pakistan, we are witnessing what climate change means for people in some parts of the world. The water has covered a third of the country. The people in Pakistan are facing a country in ruins due to the climate catastrophe," says Cordula Wasser, Head of Malteser International's Asia Department.

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