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Turkey: in Antakya in ruins, the management of the earthquake at the heart of the electoral campaign


DECRYPTION - Less than two weeks before the elections, it is not certain that all the victims of the city will be able to make their voices heard.

Under the battering of a hydraulic jackhammer, a facade cracked by the earthquake collapses in a cloud of dust.

In the district of Harbiye, south of Antakya (Antioch), it is time to demolish the buildings too damaged by the earthquake to be consolidated.

Frowning, Can Süleyman observes the machine destroying the condemned building floor by floor.

This young graduate in computer programming has not left his hometown since the disaster of February 6, which killed more than 50,000 people in south-eastern Turkey, including 20,000 in the province of Hatay alone (the former sandjak of Alexandretta).

He spends his nights in his car, while his parents occupy a tent and his sister lives in their apartment spared by the earthquake.


We never sleep together in our building.

That way, in the event of a violent aftershock, there is always someone outside to rescue those who are stuck

,” explains Can.

Almost three…

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Source: lefigaro

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