Turkey-Syria earthquakes: NGO calls for ‘wider access to reach those most in need’
09 February 2023 | 5:11 am
As the desperate search for survivors continues after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, the WHO warns that up to 23 million people could be affected across the region. Our Perspective guest is Louise Bichet, Middle East Manager at Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World), which has been working in the region for many years.
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