Australian government coordinates with Syriac–Assyrian representatives to discuss aid delivery of communities affected by Turkey earthquake

SYDNEY — Many Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) families have been affected by the destructive earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria last month.

In response to the widespread destruction, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Home Affairs invited representatives from Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) organizations in Sydney to discuss ways to help those affected by the recent earthquake, especially those who live in southern Turkey and northern Syria.

Director of the Assyrian Resource Center Carmen Lazar attended the meeting.

Lazar said that the meeting focused on how to best provide effective assistance to Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) affected by the earthquake. The Australian government has allocated 18 million AUD in humanitarian aid to those affected.

Lazar and other Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) representatives are working together to compile a list of people in affected areas to help the Australian government distribute aid to those who need it the most.

Further meetings will be arranged with relevant government departments to discuss this issue in more detail, according to Lazar.