Turkish diaspora calls on immigration minister to fast-track visas, family reunification for earthquake survivors
Yusuf Celik, a New Brunswick resident on a two-week compassionate leave in his native Turkey, said that non-governmental relief workers he has spoken with on the ground believe the death toll from recent back-to-back earthquakes there 'will be at least 100,000 people.'
Yusuf Celik spoke with The Hill Times from the hard-hit Turkish city of Adiyaman, seen here, where he said governor Mahmut Çuhadar did not initially request search-and-rescue operations. When they were eventually conducted, rescuers avoided most collapsed buildings. Photograph courtesy of Yusuf Celik