Following the earthquake that hit Turkey hard in February, CBN’s Operation Blessing provides aid in Adana.
The effort of the humanitarian aid group to help the victims of the earthquake has been massive, as they struggle to provide food and other supplies for the victims.
After the Turkey earthquake in February, Adana has been one of the affected areas where buildings have collapsed and about 400 people lost their lives in the rubble. Irrespective, Adana has served as a refuge for almost 2 million displaced people, and a ground for CBN’s Operation Blessing to supply food and other materials to the people.
In a report by CBN, Benjamin Brittain, who had experienced the earthquake firsthand and had also survived it himself while serving on the ground described the aftermath of the earthquake in Adana with Operation Blessing. According to him, “Everyone here knows someone, whether it be family or friends, someone who has died or their home is destroyed and their life is utterly shattered,”
The Turkey earthquake which has affected over 9 million people, had caused many to flee to major metropolitan areas like Adana. Brittain further said that Adana serves as a lifeline to other villages like Hatay where almost 40 percent of deaths had taken place. They secured supplies from here to areas that are difficult to reach.
“The supplies consist of food items in bulk – like food boxes as well as rice, beans, oil, and sugar; as well as hygiene supplies,” Brittain said. “We’re serving at least 500 people per day – sometimes more in terms of the hot food we’re serving. And from there we’re distributing about 300 boxes of food.” He said.
“The destruction is not going away,” he said. “It’ll be years to start slowly rebuilding their homes or businesses. This is not a short-term problem by any means.”
Even though the recovery and healing effort seems hopeless some days, Brittain trusts God to sustain his team and the people he serves.
“Although there is a lot of damage and it can seem hopeless, Jesus can provide hope and be there with them in the darkness.” He further added.
The CBN humanitarian aid program, Operation Blessing, was launched to be “hands and feet of God” in this world, to live the faith, and bless the poor.