A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck areas of Turkey and Syria on February 6, adopted by a second earthquake 10 days later, killing over 50,000 individuals and displacing tens of millions.
Aalaa, whose second title has not been shared, now lives in a Unicef-supported shelter for these displaced from their homes, along with her two daughters, four-year-old Mona and three-year-old Ritaj, in Jableh, Lattakia Governorate, north-western Syria.
The mom expressed gratitude her husband and daughters are secure, however her youngsters are nonetheless scared weeks on from the occasion, steadily crying at evening, wetting the mattress and telling their mom “they wish to go dwelling”.
On the day their dwelling collapsed, Aalaa described making an attempt to consolation her youngsters and inform them the shaking was “a swing” because the earthquake started.
As males broke their door down to hold her youngsters to security, and amid concern for her unborn little one Aalaa fainted.
“I used to be at dwelling studying (the) Qur’an, I prayed and sat with my youngsters,” Aalaa stated.
“Suddenly my daughter awakened and stated ‘Is this a swing? Now I’ve a swing.’
“So I instructed her ‘Yes, God (has) obtained us a swing – I stated that so she doesn’t get scared.
“I obtained as much as see what’s occurring and I heard individuals screaming however I didn’t know what was occurring as a result of I’ve by no means witnessed an earthquake earlier than.
“Then the fellows in my constructing broke the door of my house and yelled, asking me to get out they usually pulled out my youngsters away from me.
“I yelled saying ‘You took my youngsters away from me! I hope God takes your coronary heart from you.’
“I began crying and couldn’t really feel my palms anymore, my ears began whistling, and I fainted.”
Aalaa was quickly taken to the hospital the place she was assured her unborn child, a boy, was secure.
Left with out a dwelling, Aalaa described being given meals by passers-by whereas sleeping on the road in pouring rain and her daughters making an attempt to piece collectively what had occurred to their dwelling.
“(My daughter) stated, ‘They lower our constructing (with) scissors,’ as a result of she didn’t perceive what’s occurring,” Aalaa stated.
“I instructed her to not be scared however for the reason that incident, they’re each bedwetting.
“Some days in the past I began telling her to not do (it) and promised to purchase her stuff if she doesn’t.
“Even now she (has carried out) it, however I don’t have additional pants for her to put on.”
Aalaa stated her daughters cry at evening however she tries to hug them and sing to them.
The three of them haven’t showered for the reason that incident, however have been supplied with meals, nappies and cleaning soap to scrub themselves on the collective.
In areas of Turkey alone, Unicef has estimated that two-and-a-half million youngsters have been affected by the earthquake and want pressing humanitarian help.
To discover out extra about Unicef’s work in Turkey and Syria, go to: www.unicef.uk/earthquakenews
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