Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anyone There?)

Color My World (charly's blog)

In Aug 17, 1999, a devastating earthquake hit Turkey, killing more than 17,000 people and causing huge infrastructure damages. In the ensuing rescue operations that followed, one of the poignant human drama stories that came out was about a young boy who was rescued from a collapsed building after a few days.

Thousands of buildings collapsed during the deadly 1999 Turkish earthquake. (Courtesy of www.nurkose.net) Thousands of buildings collapsed during the deadly 1999 Turkish earthquake. (Courtesy of http://www.nurkose.net)

Trapped in a dark confined space without food and water, he did not lose hope.  He cried out continuously: kimse yok mu? (Is anyone there?) His prayers were answered, as his cry for help was heard, and he was rescued after hours of delicate extrication work.

Kimse Yok Mu? (Is the anyone there?) A cry for help. (Courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk) Kimse Yok Mu? Is anyone there? A cry for help. (Courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

After the rescue, the phrase ‘kimse yok mu’ evolved into a rallying cry for those in need, as well as those who wanted to help. Local…

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