It had been only 12 days since an earthquake split the wall of the little church in Van, Turkey, but as of Nov. 4, the crack was plastered over, painted and only barely visible. But church members haven’t even come close to forgetting. Just a few feet from the church’s door, tents are pitched in an open space between piles of concrete rubble, with families sleeping in air cold enough you can… Read More

As the room buzzed around her, my friend S sat on the floor rocking the infant in her arms, silently praying over the tiny baby boy. Just 20 days old and already fatherless. His twin sister, too. His father didn’t make it out of the shop where he was drinking tea when the earthquake shook Ercis (pronounced Er-jeesh), Turkey on a Sunday afternoon in October. His father’s brother, however, took a dive… Read More

“Keep looking and see if you see anything.” I did as I was told. As we walked the silent streets of the town in eastern Turkey, I squinted down the side roads, looking for anything. I didn’t really know what that “anything” was going to look like. Blood running in the streets? Families gathered around some sort of ornate, golden altar? Dance rituals? I had no idea. Animal sacrifice has always been… Read More

There have been more than 50 “micro” or “minor” earthquakes here already today. We don’t feel them all, but one’s happening now as I’m typing this — a 3.5. My bed’s shaking a little. It’s not much, but it’s unsettling. No wonder people here are scared to sleep in their homes. You don’t feel it during the day when you’re up moving around, but you do when the bed starts to roll… Read More