Balloons Wave From Rubble in Turkey to Commemorate Child Earthquake Victims

Balloons dotted rubble piles in Antakya, Turkey, to remember child victims of the deadly earthquakes that struck the region, video posted on February 18 showed.

The project was the work of Ogun Sever Okur (@ogunseverokur), founder of the Ogun Abi Children’s Association, who later posted separate video showing himself attaching balloons to metal wiring sticking out of piles of debris.

“I lost a lot of angels here. We hang balloons in the name of the children who lost their lives here. Each balloon here represents a child,” he told Hurriyet.

He said the aim of the project was “to keep the memory of the children who lost their lives alive.”

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks rocked the region again on Monday, February 20, two weeks after devastating earthquakes led to the deaths of tens of thousands in southern Turkey and norther Syria.

At least six people were killed in the latest quakes, according to local reports citing Turkey’s disaster management agency. Credit: Adem Metan via Storyful

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