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Responding to the Earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria: needs and challenges

Responding to the Earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria: needs and challenges table
Date3 Mar 2023
Time4:00 pm 6:00 pm GMT |11:00 am1:00 pm EST
Provider Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Manchester University
AddressUniversity Place, Lecture Theatre A, University of Manchester; or on Zoom
Type Virtual, In-person
Booking URLhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/responding-to-the-earthquakes-in-turkiye-and-syria-needs-and-challenges-tickets-542763820197

Responders to the earthquake in Syria and Turkey will share about the current situation and challenges in rescue and response activities in both countries, and the politisation of aid in this context. We will have a special focus on the situation of forcibly displaced Syrians.

We are honoured to have speakers from the White Helmets who are the only rescue team in Northwest Syria and were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (see their documentary on Netflix), the Danish Refugee Council in Turkey, international news media TRT World who will join remotely from the countries; and in Manchester, The Syria Campaign and a volunteer from Action for Humanity who has just returned from Turkey.

We warmly welcome members of the public along with university staff and students. Our event will also offer a platform for grassroots and non-profit organisations’ advocacy and we will share links for fundraising.


  • Raya Homsi, The Syria Campaign
  • Nihad Sarmini, humanitarian and development practitioner returning from volunteering in Turkey with Action for Humanity
  • Nicolas Metri, Head of Programme (Turkey) at the Danish Refugee Council
  • The White Helmets (Syria)
  • Zumrut Sonmez, Executive Producer at TRT World (Turkey)


The in-person venue is University Place, Lecture Theatre A, University of Manchester. A Zoom link will be shared with those registering for an online ticket.

If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact andrew.gibson-3@manchester.ac.uk

This event is organised by UoM’s Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).


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