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Fort Collins resident raising funds to assist family impacted by earthquake in Turkey

This is a picture of Servet Dag, a man who was born in Turkey, standing outside near a tree.
Dylan Simard
Servet Dag stands outside his office building in Fort Collins. Dag is raising funds to assist his family that was impacted by the recent earthquake in Turkey.

While he has lived in Fort Collins for some time, Servet Dag is originally from Adiyaman, Turkey, one of the cities that experienced a magnitude 7.2 earthquake earlier this month. Dag's sister, Sultan Akboga, and her newborn baby were at home with her husband when the earthquake struck. Akboga survived the earthquake along with her husband, their five-day-old son and Servet's mother. The family eventually made it to Istanbul where another sister lives.

This is an image of a Turkish woman holding a newborn baby and cradling it while sitting inside of a shelter area. In the background you can see people sleeping and sitting on the floor.
courtesy of Servet Dag
Sultan Akboga cradles her 5-day-old son Yusuf Ali Akboga while staying at a shelter opened up for Turkish earthquake victims. Akboga and her family were able to find transport to stay with family in Istanbul, but like many others, have lost their home and all possessions.

Since the earthquake, Dag has been communicating with his family daily to ensure they are safe. After several days of staying in shelters, he was happy to hear that his family was able to relocate.

"I've been using my WhatsApp throughout this whole process," said Dag. "After two to three days we were able to transfer my sister from Malatya, which is one of the cities was hit, to Istanbul, next to my other sister who she's staying with. So far, everyone is good."

To help his family, Dag launched a Go Fund Me page as part of the recovery efforts. His goal is to raise $10,000 for items such as tents, propane heaters, boots and coats.

"I'm trying to help them as best as possible," said Dag. "It's also going to help some of the other cities that were impacted. All I can do is just pray and then send the money when I can."

The earthquake has claimed over 30,000 lives in both Turkey and Syria.

I serve as the afternoon host for KUNC’s All Things Considered. My job is to keep our listeners across Northern Colorado informed on the day’s top stories from around the communities we serve. On occasion, I switch roles and hit the streets of northern Colorado digging up human interest stories or covering a major event that’s taking place in our listening area.
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