Ahmat is met at one of the few airports that still functions in the earthquake zone.
He traveled through the night from South Wales to reach Tut, his family’s home in the Adiyaman region of Turkey.
After his home was razed to the ground by the earthquake, Ali’s brother has been killed.
Ali’s wife has been seriously injured, and his nieces and nephew are still buried in the rubble.
We decide to take him or get as close to the village as possible.
Ahmat is half-way through the journey when he receives a call from his niece to inform him that no one will be coming to their aid.
He is overwhelmed by grief.
Once we reach the mountains, it’s a long climb up a steep road.
We will pass boulders from the snow-capped peaks, and we’ll be able to climb up to the village via the collapsed roads.
It is heartbreaking to see what we find when we get to the house.
Ahmat says, “It’s incredible. This is something I have never seen before. This is truly shocking. This is the first time I have ever seen it happen in my entire life. never.”
Fara, his sister, embraces him. The siblings hold hands.
She weeps with grief
Sidka, his surviving niece, is also waiting.
One by one, neighbors come to offer their condolences to the grieving family.
Ahmat said it was a home full of joy, love and happiness; his family has been destroyed.
He said that the locals would like to know where the government helps them.
The truth is that the government is overwhelmed.
They will be waiting in these remote villages of snow.
One man confronts the enormity of it all, in this country of many tragedies.