Based on the Presidency's Directorate of Communications' call for worldwide solidarity and aid mobilisation in the aftermath of the February 6 earthquakes epicentred in Kahramanmaraş, the "We Stand With Türkiye" campaign has been launched for the international public.
With the launch of the international solidarity campaign in 18 nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Azerbaijan, the aim is to bolster the spirit of global solidarity revealed in the aftermath of the disaster.
The campaign emphasised how important it was that countries around the world helped Türkiye right after the worst disaster of the century by sending search and rescue teams, medical personnel, aid and support messages.
Within the scope of the campaign, visuals and content, including the slogan "We Stand With Türkiye," the magnitude of the disaster, the aid provided, and the emphasis on solidarity with Türkiye were disseminated via both conventional and digital media channels in 18 countries.
Informative content about the nature of the disaster of the century, scientific data and the efforts made after the disaster were published on the websites "https://seninleyizturkiye.com/" and "https://westandwithturkiye.com" designed in two languages, Turkish and English, for the campaign.
Celebrities supported the campaign
In order to increase solidarity against the disaster, outdoor advertisements were also promulgated in New York Times Square and on LED-equipped mobile trucks. Announcements with the slogan "We Stand With Türkiye" were published In the major newspapers of the countries.
Videos featuring messages of support for Türkiye by famous figures, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, world-renowned actors Morgan Freeman, Aamir Khan, Reshat Strik, singers Jamala, Yasmin Levy, Della Miles, and athlete Matwe Middelkoop, were shared in various platforms.
Presidency's Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun, in his statement regarding the campaign, said that Türkiye suffered great destruction as a result of the earthquakes epicentred in Kahramanmaraş on February 6, 2023, regarded as the disaster of the century, but immediately after the disaster, an exemplary mobilisation was demonstrated both as a state and nation as well as on an international scale.
Recalling that all public institutions and organisations of the state, as well as non-governmental organisations, volunteers, and search and rescue and medical teams from various countries of the world who responded to the international call for help, carried out efforts in the region with great devotion, Altun said, "We owe a debt of gratitude to all countries who are with us and support us in such a difficult time."
Director of Communications Altun said:
"The spirit of unity and solidarity that emerged with the disaster in our country has not only resonated at the national level but also the international level, and the solidarity of the century has been demonstrated in the aftermath of the disaster of the century. Countries that join together over shared suffering have demonstrated the importance of collective responsibility, cooperation and international solidarity in the face of global crises. From this point of view, we recall once again the importance of acting with a common mind and conscience and international cooperation not only in crisis environments but also for the establishment of stability, peace and prosperity in our region and throughout the world, and we hope that no country would experience similar pains."