13/02/2023 | Writer: Selma Koçak
“We call on the authorities to transfer the power and resources of the state immediately to the disaster areas, as well as the civil solidarity.”
Photo: Ateş Alpar
The Antep Queer LGBTI+ Solidarity and Community urged LGBTI+s living in the earthquake region to contact them in case of need via their statement.
Remarking that they are ready to be in solidarity for fulfilling the needs and in case of emergency the Community emphasized that none of LGBTI+ living in the earthquake region is never alone.
Whole text of their statement is as follows:
“We express our condolences to people who lost their lives and property in the Maraş-centered earthquake and their relatives. We forward our get well soon messages to everyone with the hope of overcoming these days in solidarity as soon as possible.
Following the earthquake, our housing right, which is one of the fundamental rights, was violated by the lack of earthquake-resistant buildings and the failure to manage earthquake taxes with the right policies. The cities in the earthquake region were isolated by violating the fundamental rights such as access to drinking water and sanitation and access to health food, in the whole process. We condemn the failure of the authorities to fulfill their duties, the failure to protect our fundamental rights and the inability of the state, whose sole purpose of existence is to ensure the security of society, to ensure our safety. We call on the authorities to transfer the power and resources of the state immediately to the disaster areas, as well as the civil solidarity.
As Antep Queer LGBTI+ Solidarity and Community, we kindly ask LGBTI+s living in Gaziantep and neighboring cities to contact us in case of need and to follow our social media accounts. We will be sharing safe spaces frequently on social media. We would like to underline that we are ready to fulfill basic needs and to be in solidarity under emergency. And we would like to emphasize that none LGBTI+ living in earthquake region is never alone.