Refugees are fleeing Maras: “People are taking products from stores out of hunger, everyone is blaming us”
Two days have passed since the two forceful earthquakes that had their epicenter in Maras. Arti Gercek reports that refugees are among those impacted.
The refugees, who say that their buildings were entirely demolished by the earthquake and that they have nowhere to stay, are spending the second day after the quake waiting in the courtyard of the Grand Mosque of Maras.
There are many children among the numbers of refugees trying to keep warm around the fire they have lit in the mosque courtyard.
Syrian Muhammed Selam who spoke to Arti Gercek about the events expressed that their building had collapsed and that they did not know what they would do.
Selam, who said that they had nowhere to stay and would thus be going to the bus terminal to make their way to Adana, narrated his experiences as follows:
“It is really cold here and we also don’t have a place to stay. People are taking food from stores because they are hungry. Even as we just walk on the street, people accuse us and call us thieves. We also took products from the store out of hunger but only because we have nothing to eat. We now have to go to another city and make a new life once again.”