What one city lost in Turkey’s earthquakes

The city of Antakya was destroyed in Turkey’s earthquakes. What’s been lost, and what can be recovered?

A man stands on rubble, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Antakya, Turkey February 17, 2023.
A man stands on rubble in the aftermath of the deadly earthquakes in Antakya, Turkey [Nir Elias/Reuters]

What happens when you can’t go home? The city of Antakya, one of Turkey’s cultural centres, was levelled in the February 6 earthquakes. Thousands of people were killed, and the city is no longer recognisable to many who called it home. The government says rebuilding in the region is about to begin, but many residents are still trying to understand what they’ve lost.

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