As the Death Toll Rises Past 41,000 in the Earthquake of Turkey and Syria - Pope Francis Sends his Almoner with Crates of Donations

Nine days after the powerful earthquakes, the continually rising death toll is over 41,000. Millions of people have been left without a home and a livelihood. Pope Francis sends aid to quake-struck Turkey and Syria: ‘Don’t forget those who suffer’ Pope Francis sent aid to the earthquake-struck communities in Syria and Turkey, through the Dicastery for the Service of Charity. 
Other official Catholic charities that are helping in the earthquake zone include, the Pontifical Mission Societies, Aid to the Church in Need, Catholics Near East Welfare Association, and Caritas International to name a few.

Following the catastrophe caused by the earthquakes that struck Syria and Turkey on 6 February, Pope Francis appealed for closeness and concrete support to alleviate the pain of those who are suffering from the disaster. While the Pope issued his appeal during Sunday's Angelus, he too put words into action through the Dicastery for the Service of Charity. Crates of aid departed from the Port of Naples on Wednesday morning aboard the MSC Aurelia Cargo ship that is scheduled to dock in Iskenderum, Turkey in two days' time. As well as aid from the Italian government and other NGOs, the ship carries 10,000 thermal jumpers delivered personally by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner.

The thermal garments are destined for the Kilis refugee camp in Turkey, 50 km from Gaziantep and 60 km from the Syrian city of Aleppo. The distribution of aid will be entrusted to operators of the Rava Foundation, which has been present in the area for some time and provides food and shelter to thousands of homeless people.
Following the outbreak of war in Syria, the camp has expanded to accommodate some 60,000 refugees, but it is also home to many others who live in makeshift tents. As expected, the earthquake has aggravated the situation and hundreds of people are joining the refugee families. As far as Syria is concerned, Cardinal Krajewski said the aid sent by the Pope through the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, is in the form of economic aid entrusted to the Apostolic Nunciature. It will be deployed in the territory to support a population that is already exhausted by years of war and whose suffering is now compounded by the consequences of the devastating earthquake.
Edited from Vatican News - CNEWA and ACN