A Calgary man is frantically in search of assist from the Canadian authorities, hoping to convey the remaining two members of his household to Canada after the lethal earthquake in Turkey earlier this month.
Mohammad Nikzad flew to Turkey on February 6, a day after the highly effective 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the nation.
Greater than 46,000 folks had been reported lifeless – together with Nikzad’s mom and considered one of his sisters, who died when their home collapsed on them.
All that is still of the household of 4 dwelling in Turkey is his brother and sister.
“Proper now I’ve to get them out of right here,” he stated from abroad.
“I’ve to take them to my home in Calgary, I’ve to deal with them on the market as a result of I am unable to go away them on this state of affairs.
“My household is on the market surviving with out me and I am unable to go away them on this state of affairs. I am unable to simply allow them to go and die right here.”
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Nikzad says each of his surviving siblings want emotional and bodily help after struggling crippling accidents from the earthquake.
His brother stays within the ICU in an Ankara hospital after shedding each his legs, however could also be launched quickly.
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His sister, who had two operations on her legs in three days, is in Kayseri. Nikzad says he cannot get any updates on her situation from the hospital.
“All they’re saying is to wish that she’ll be positive – however she’s getting so weak and with all these operations and infections now, I do not know,” he stated.
Based on Nikzad, he was in touch with the Canadian embassy in Ankara. Nonetheless, he says, they solely instructed him to get in contact with immigration.
He says he has emailed each Immigration and MP Sean Fraser, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, however says he has but to obtain a response from both.
“I by no means obtained any assist, I would like all of it now,” he says. “My spouse runs throughout Calgary and he or she tries. She contacts everybody, however nobody offers any solutions.”
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World Information reached out to the Division of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada about Nikzad’s household.
In an announcement, the federal government stated that whereas it can not touch upon particular person instances, it’s “reviewing the state of affairs very rigorously and figuring out one of the simplest ways ahead. When responding to worldwide crises, Canada tailors every response to fulfill the distinctive wants of those that want our help. We coordinate with our worldwide companions and take into account what they’re doing to help.”
The federal authorities confirmed the earthquake in Turkey’s southeastern area had no impression or delays on any purposes and it’ll replace the media and the general public because the state of affairs develops.
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