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SHADOWS & LIGHTS

301 DEAD 77 MILLION WOUNDED

This is a time when words are not enough.

Turkey was hit by the Soma mine blast on Tuesday afternoon where 787 miners were working below surface. The blast killed 301 at least and dozens were trapped.

18 May 2014 Sunday 07:31
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

This is a time when words are not enough.

Turkey was hit by the Soma mine blast on Tuesday afternoon where 787 miners were working below surface. The blast killed 301 at least and dozens were trapped.

For days and days since then we have been witnessing unbelievable sorrow and our Nation’s hearts are bleeding.

According to our Prime Minister "these types of incidents are ordinary things"

But to us it is no ordinary thing and we are very, very sad because….

14 members of one single family died in the blast.

Pregnant women lost their husbands.

A mother lost his twin son’s.

A young lady who waited without sleeping or eating in front of the coal mine, interviewed almost by every TV channel, found the lifeless body of her husband in the morgue after four days.

A lady with 3 very young children and with no other relative, after losing her husband doesn’t know what she will do now.

A rescued coal miner was begging his rescuers to take him back to the mine and instead rescue his friend whose wife is pregnant.

A rescued coal miner was asking the officials if he should take his muddy boots off not to smear the stretcher of the ambulance.

A father and son’s lifeless bodies were found embarrassing each other.

A dead miner was holding a paper in his clenched fist saying, “Mom give me your blessings.”

These are only a few lines from the devastating blast.

According to a psychologist the families who are mourning, the inhabitants of Soma (as they were all close to each other), the rescued miners, then any Turk who has lost a family member (as we all have) in the past, are seriously suffering.

So very sadly 301 people died but 77 million of us are wounded as of Tuesday.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!



787 miners were working below surface of coal mine when blast occurred

•  At least 301 killed and dozens trapped after blast at mine in Soma, Turkey

The toll from Tuesday's disaster topped that of the 263 people killed in an explosion at a Zonguldak coal mine in 1992. Since 1941, more than 3,000 miners have died in Turkey, official figures show.


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