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Earthquake orphans in Turkey, Syria face uncertain future 

Thousands of requests poured into Turkey’s Social Affairs Ministry to foster children who survived last week's quakes, but the ministry maintains that its priority is to reunite kids with families or relatives, if they can. 
Quake-hit displaced children play near tents set by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) at Islahiye Atatürk Stadium in Islahiye near Gaziantep on Feb. 14, 2023, a week after a deadly earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Syria.

As lives claimed by the deadly quakes in Turkey and Syria passed 40,000, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned that thousands, if not millions, of children in the region could be threatened by hypothermia and respiratory infections. 

UNICEF said 4.6 million children lived in the 10 provinces in Turkey that were struck by the earthquakes, and more than 2.5 million children were affected in Syria, calculating that thousands of children had been killed or injured.  

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