Zamora (EFE).- The expressions of solidarity and support for those affected by the earthquake that on Monday morning devastated the southeast of Turkey and the northwest of Syria have spread throughout Castilla y León in the last hours while residents of the Autonomous Community natives of those countries have warned of the situation and the urgency of mobilizing more media because “there are still people under the buildings who cannot be removed”.
This warning was made by the Syrian Majad El Din Hamdan, who lives in Zamora and chairs the Syrian Association in Spain, who has assured in an interview with EFE that they do not want money for his country because “what is lacking in northern Syria is machinery”.
He has highlighted that while in Turkey they have the means for rescues, the territory of Syria affected by the earthquake is “an area without a Government and without basic needs” for which they lack the means and have to dig up rubble by hand, which it makes those involved in the rescue work exhausted and “there comes a time when they have no strength.”
“One cannot even imagine what is there, just looking at photos on social networks and television here they are sad, there are Syrians and Spaniards crying watching TV, imagine the people who live there,” he lamented.
Although Majad has lived in Zamora for seven years, his family has been doubly affected, since his brother lives in southern Turkey and has lost his home in the earthquake and he has uncles, cousins and friends in northern Syria who have also suffered the devastating consequences of the earthquake.
Fortunately his family is fine “but there are friends of friends who are dead and others we don’t know if they are alive or dead,” he explained, to claim machinery and help because if not, despite the efforts of the volunteers who work in the rescues, not much can be done.
The Syrian Association in Spain has convened this Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. a rally in the Mariano Granados square in Soria to demand more material resources for the rescue of the earthquake in Syria and to ask that the aid not be channeled through the Government of that country and plans to convene rallies in other Spanish cities in the following days, as announced by Majad El Din Hamdan.
For their part, eight firefighters from Zamora and Vitoria from the NGO Acción Norte depart this Wednesday afternoon by plane to Istanbul, there to connect with another flight to Adana and then go to the Turkish region of Antioquia to participate in the work of rescue along with two other fire teams from Valencia and Alicante, as reported to EFE by the president of Acción Norte, Javier Bodego.
In addition, the delegations of Cáritas Diocesana de Castilla y León have started a specific campaign to collect financial aid for those affected by the earthquake that they will manage through Cáritas of Turkey and Syria, as indicated by the president of Cáritas Castilla y León and head of the organization in Zamora, Antonio Jesús Martín.
On the other hand, companies from Castilla y León that in recent years have expanded in Turkey with the opening of offices, delegations or factories with the support of the Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE) of Castilla y León have escaped the most serious consequences. of the earthquake by not being located in the area most affected by the earthquake.
Among the companies and industries from Castilla y León with investments in Turkey with the support of the ICE Internationalization Department are the Burgos-based Grupo Antolín and Gonvarri or the Global Exchange from Salamanca, while the distributor Congelnova from Ponferrada (León) also had offices in Turkey but It no longer has any activity or headquarters in that country, as reported to EFE by sources from ICE and these companies. EFE