We fled war to die in an earthquake, says Iraqi woman mourning family in Turkey

Six years ago, Rehab Talal and her family fled the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq seeking shelter in Turkey, but seven members of her family died, including a week-old baby, when her parents’ house collapsed in the earthquake. When Talal learned that the earthquake had struck the region where her parents and other family members lived, in the southeastern Adiyaman province, she rushed there, only to find a scene of devastation. “I couldn’t find the building, the entire area was flattened,” Talal, who lives in another Turkish province, said over the phone.

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