Brothers sleeping in car as they search for missing Canadian sister in Turkey

Two brothers have flown to southern Turkey from Canada to search for their missing sister, who hasn’t been heard from since earthquakes rocked her city last Monday.

Samar Zora, 33, is from Halifax. She was living on the ground floor of a five-storey apartment building in Antakya, in Hatay province, conducting research for her PhD in anthropology when the quakes struck. Her brothers, Muthana and Saad, haven’t heard from her since.

Dissatisfied with the support they were receiving from the Canadian Embassy, the brothers travelled to the disaster zone to search for her themselves. They plan to stay as long as it takes.

“This is our situation, but this is one of thousands. We are sitting and crying with local Turkish people,” Saad said.

“We need to confirm her. We need to see her. We have to have a proper burial for respect of the dead,” Muthana added.

The brothers are sleeping in a car and asking anyone they can for help. They flagged down rescue crews from South Korea and Hungary, and have been told it may take a month for heavy equipment to reach Samar’s building to move debris.


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