Southern Türkiye and northern Syria have been hit hard by a devastating earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives and thrown even more people from their homes.

The Kilis region was particularly badly affected. It is in this region that since 2015 the International Judo Federation, through its Judo for Peace programme, has invested to support Syrian refugees who had to flee their country because of the civil war. More than 2,000 young people were thus able to participate in judo activities in order to give them a little hope and to promote their integration into the Turkish population.

The 6th February earthquake added to the horror of war, the further destruction of cities that did not deserve this. To date, more than 33,000 victims have already been counted.

The IJF, in co-ordination with the Turkish Judo Federation, has decided to help the population affected by the disaster by activating its donation platform. This will help greatly to collect and deliver basic necessities, which in these harsh times are lacking.

There is no donation too small. Everything counts in this emergency situation. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

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