Trauma haunts Turkish kids after quake- The New Indian Express

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Serkan Tatoglu He is haunted daily by the question that his six-year old son keeps asking after their home was destroyed in the earthquake last week. Turkey.

“Are we going to die?” While looking up at scenes that look like a post-apocalyptic film set, she wonders.

Coffins Line the roadsides with ambulance sirens that wailing around the clock.

Walking Children watch as rescue workers remove body bags from the foul-smelling rubble.

Tatoglu His four children, aged six to 15, helped him escape his house after the first 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled southeastern. Turkey Parts of Syria Before dawn February 6.

Their One of the almost 3,000 aftershocks caused the building to collapse. More Over 35,000 people died in the region. The death toll will likely continue rising for days.

Tatoglu Nearly a dozen of their relatives were lost.

But The 41-year old knows that he must be strong in the face his unbearable heartache.

Tatoglu’s His first task is to protect his children from the horrors constantly popping into their heads while they wait for the aftershocks in the tent city located near the epicenter of the earthquake in southern California. Kahramanmaras.

“The youngest, traumatised by the aftershocks, keeps asking: ‘Dad, are we going to die?’” Tatoglu said.

“She keeps asking about our relatives. I don’t show them their dead bodies. My wife and I hug them and say ‘everything is alright’.”

 “I can’t make it happen” 

Psychologist Sueda Deveci The Doctors Worldwide Turkey Volunteer organisation says adults need the same emotional support that children when dealing with such tragedy.

She According to older generations, it was easier for them to grasp the enormity of how their lives have changed and how much they have lost.

“One mother told me: ‘Everyone tells me to be strong, but I can’t do anything. I can’t take care of my kids, I can’t eat’,” Deveci While working in the tent town, she said.

Deveci Drawings of children while playing in the cold can give us a better idea of their feelings.

“I don’t talk to them about the earthquake much. We are drawing. We will see how much of it is reflected in their drawings,” She said.

For Their art is now almost commonplace.

Child rights expert Esin Koman It was because children learn to adapt faster than adults to their environment.

But She said that the quake destroyed existing social support networks, leaving them vulnerable to long-term trauma.

“Some children have lost their families. There is nobody now to provide them with mental support,” Koman said.

‘Where’s What is my mom’s name?

Psychologist Cihan Celik Post one exchange Twitter He had a conversation with a paramedic in rescue work.

The paramedics Celik The children pulled from the rubble almost immediately inquired about their parents.

“The wounded children ask: ‘Where’s my mum, where’s my dad? Are you kidnapping me?’,” The paramedic was recalled.

Turkey’s Vice president Fuat Oktay According to reports, 574 children rescued from the collapsed buildings were discovered without their parents.

Only 76 of them were returned to their families.

| Miracle rescues as Turkey-Syria quake death toll crosses 28000

One Volunteer psychologist in a children’s support center Hatay Province — The worst affected province Turkey Many parents are desperately looking for their missing children, said one source.

“We receive a barrage of calls about missing children,” Hatice Goz Messaged by phone Hatay province.

“But if the child still cannot speak, the family is unable to find them.”

Happy Thoughts 

Selma Karaaslan She is doing her best to protect her two grandchildren.

The A 52-year old woman has lived with them for the past two years in a car that was parked on one of the debris-strewn streets of Kahramanmaras Since the earthquake struck,

Karaaslan Try to talk with them about anything except the quake. She Research shows that people are less likely have haunting memories from the disaster if they think happy thoughts.

But The questions are still open.

“Grandma, will there be another earthquake?” The six-year old demanded at one time.

“Are we going to die?” While looking up at scenes that look like a post-apocalyptic film set, she wonders.

Coffins Line roadsides and sirens blare around the clock.

Walking Children watch as rescue workers remove body bags from the foul-smelling rubble.

Tatoglu His four children, aged six to 15, helped him escape his house after the first 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled southeastern. Turkey Parts of Syria Before dawn February 6.

Their One of the almost 3,000 aftershocks caused the building to collapse. More Over 35,000 people died in the region. The death toll will likely continue rising for days.

Tatoglu Nearly a dozen of their relatives were lost.

But The 41-year old knows that he must be strong in the face his unbearable heartache.

Tatoglu’s His first task is to protect his children from the horrors constantly popping into their heads while they wait for the aftershocks in the tent city located near the epicenter of the earthquake in southern California. Kahramanmaras.

“The youngest, traumatised by the aftershocks, keeps asking: ‘Dad, are we going to die?’” Tatoglu said.

“She keeps asking about our relatives. I don’t show them their dead bodies. My wife and I hug them and say ‘everything is alright’.”

 “I can’t make it happen” 

Psychologist Sueda Deveci The Doctors Worldwide Turkey Volunteer organisation says adults need the same emotional support that children when dealing with such tragedy.

She According to older generations, it was easier for them to grasp the enormity of how their lives have changed and how much they have lost.

“One mother told me: ‘Everyone tells me to be strong, but I can’t do anything. I can’t take care of my kids, I can’t eat’,” Deveci While working in the tent town, she said.

Deveci Drawings of children while playing in the cold can give us a better idea of their feelings.

“I don’t talk to them about the earthquake much. We are drawing. We will see how much of it is reflected in their drawings,” She said.

For Their art is now almost commonplace.

Child rights expert Esin Koman This is because children are more able to adapt to their environment than adults.

But She said that the quake destroyed existing social support networks, leaving them vulnerable to long-term trauma.

“Some children have lost their families. There is nobody now to provide them with mental support,” Koman said.

‘Where’s What is my mom’s name?

Psychologist Cihan Celik Post one exchange Twitter He had a conversation with a paramedic in rescue work.

The Paramedics Celik The children pulled from the rubble almost immediately inquired about their parents.

“The wounded children ask: ‘Where’s my mum, where’s my dad? Are you kidnapping me?’,” The paramedic was recalled.

Turkey’s Vice president Fuat Oktay According to reports, 574 children rescued from the collapsed buildings were discovered without their parents.

Only 76 of them were returned to their families.

| Miracle rescues as Turkey-Syria quake death toll crosses 28000

One Volunteer psychologist in a children’s support center Hatay Province — The worst affected province Turkey Many parents are desperately looking for their missing children, said one source.

“We receive a barrage of calls about missing children,” Hatice Goz Messaged by phone Hatay province.

“But if the child still cannot speak, the family is unable to find them.”

Happy Thoughts 

Selma Karaaslan She is doing her best to protect her two grandchildren.

The A 52-year old woman has lived with them for the past two years in a car that was parked on one of the debris-strewn streets of Kahramanmaras Since the earthquake struck,

Karaaslan Try to talk with them about anything except the quake. She Research shows that people are less likely have haunting memories from the disaster if they think happy thoughts.

But The questions are still open.

“Grandma, will there be another earthquake?” The six-year old demanded at one time.

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