Today, on Feb. 20th, 2023, only two weeks after the Feb. 6th earthquakes that killed over 43,000 people, the Turkey-Syria border was hit with yet another 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
Words fall short in the face of this profound tragedy that continues to unfold. Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) at CSUN extends its heartfelt condolences to those impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria and their families around the world. The earthquakes have decimated buildings and infrastructures, leaving behind isolated ghost towns where just two weeks ago there were bustling cities. Much of the emotional, psychological, and infrastructural devastation is yet to reveal itself. Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world including 3.5 million refugees from Syria. It is difficult to imagine the suffering of the more than 12,000 Syrian refugees, who were first displaced from their homelands by the violence of war and are once again uprooted from their makeshift homes by the earthquakes. As the region continues to be rocked by more tremors, our hearts, thoughts, and support go out to all who are in the grip of insecurity and grief. The losses are, indeed, staggering.
Here at CSUN, there are a few things we can do. The first is to offer support to our impacted students, staff, and faculty in whatever ways possible. Here is a brief list of some resources available for students at CSUN:
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES AT CSUN
For mental health support, we encourage you to use University Counseling Services which provides mental health services for CSUN students https://www.csun.edu/counseling/counseling-services
Crisis Text Line: you can a send text message to 741741 for crisis support via text. Text "HOME" in your message to have a Crisis Counselor respond to your text message.
To provide support specifically to International Students, University Counseling Services has a liaison, Dr. Sunil Obedia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Dr. Obedia offers a weekly drop-in service called Let’s Talk (https://www.csun.edu/counseling/lets-talk )
CSUN also has a Muslim Chaplain who is also a mental health professional and who can help our Muslim students. Shaykh Sohail Mulla can be reached at email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT CSUN
International and Exchange Student Center: For international students who have been impacted and need specific guidance, please contact International and Exchange Student Center https://www.csun.edu/international
We strongly encourage the CSUN community to open our hearts and support those who responding to the crisis in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria. Here is a list of some national and international organizations responding to the disaster in Turkey and Syria. If you can, please take a moment to contribute.
- Islamic Relief USA https://irusa.org/middle-east/turkey/
- OXFAM Donation
- CARE Donations
- Doctors Without Borders, Donations
- The Syrian American Medical Society, a United States-based humanitarian group that supplies medical care in Syria and nearby countries, is collecting donations to deliver emergency aid (opens in new window). At least one of its hospitals in northwestern Syria, Al Dana, received major damage (opens in new window).
- Save the Children is accepting donations for its Children’s Emergency Fund(opens in new window), which will help provide children with food, shelter and warm clothing.
- The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, which since 2012 has provided medical relief and health care services inside Syria and to Syrian refugees in Turkey, is collecting money (opens in new window)
- Kahramanmaras Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund: www.justgiving.com
For more information on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at CSUN visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/middle-eastern-and-islamic-studies