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Two months later, southern Turkey earthquake survivors struggled with mental health: NPR



Two months after the deadly earthquakes in southern Turkey, millions of survivors are coping with the mental health effects of a horrific disaster.


Survivors of the massive earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria two months ago still shudder with memories of that night. More than 56,000 people died in the two countries. For the millions of survivors who survived, the shock and grief continues. Fatma Tanis of NPR traveled to one of the hardest hit cities in southern Turkey, Antakya, and she has this report.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: (not speaking English).

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (not speaking English).

FATMA TANIS, BYLINE: The parking lot of the stadium, one of the few remaining large structures in Antakya, is now a huge campground for thousands of earthquake survivors. It is under the control of the Turkish government and aid organizations. Children play near large tents covered in their drawings and labeled as psychosocial support, while their mothers watch from afar.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: (not speaking English).

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #3: (not speaking English).

TANIS: One of them is Hafsa Bazar, 34, who fled with her children when their six-story building collapsed in an earthquake, crushing many of their neighbors. They jumped over a balcony that had fallen on their car. The only thing they managed to grab were two parrots.

HAFSA BAZAR: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: Since then, according to her, her little daughter has been unable to sleep at night, often waking up screaming. Bazaar then began sending her children to a therapy tent where mental health professionals volunteered to help the children and families.

BASAR: (via translator) I’m not sure exactly how they did it. They play some games with the children and talk to them, but now my daughter panics less.

TANIS: As we chat, a woman named Maide Heybely overhears us and approaches the two children in tow. She seems frazzled and out of her mind with her children.

MAIDE HEYBELI: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: Her youngest daughter, who is 4 years old, just won’t stop crying, she says, sometimes walking for four or five hours straight.

HEIBELEY: (via interpreter) You can feel it when the aftershocks happen. Even when the wind blows, she starts crying and we cannot calm her down. She also became very jealous of her brothers and sisters.

THANIS: Then there’s her eldest daughter, who was briefly separated from her family on the night of the earthquake and couldn’t find them. Usually calm and well-mannered, a 6-year-old girl will not leave her mother for a minute. Haybely doesn’t know what to do anymore. She has her own traumas and nightmares. They lost their home and several relatives. As a result, her relationship with her husband also suffered.

HEYBELI: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: Habely hasn’t heard anything about mental health support. This camp is big and there is a lot going on. Hafsa Basar, who sends her children to treatment tents, tells her about the benefits she has seen after her children have worked with trained professionals.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #4: (not speaking English).

HEIBELEY: (not speaking English).

TANIS: Among them is Kansel Ipek, a psychologist who, like many others here, took an unpaid leave of absence from her job to voluntarily travel to the earthquake zone. The earthquake claimed millions of lives, and Ipek says people are still in shock, unable to cope with their anger or grief.

KANSEL IPEC: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: She says they’re currently treating children in groups, but people here don’t have the security and stability needed for one-on-one therapy. They remain focused on housing, food, water and hygiene.

IPEC: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: But Ipek is also on the lookout for any signs of dangerous behavior like suicide or psychosis. They also try to educate people, especially women and children, to help protect them from abuse, sexual or physical and domestic violence.

IPEC: (Speaks Turkish).

TANIS: The scale of this catastrophe is so great, Ipek says that they are counting on years of psychological support needed not only for the survivors, but also for the rescuers, rescuers and aid workers who are injured. Fatma Tanis, NPR News, Antakya, Türkiye.

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Why there was a struggle for power around Kirkuk



JUDY WOODRUFF: A long-standing rivalry between vital American allies has flared up in Iraq today.

Iraqi forces and militias have moved in to push Kurdish forces out of the disputed northern city of Kirkuk.

Lisa Desjardins starts our report.

MAN (via interpreter): Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Dr. Haider al-Abadi ordered the people of Kirkuk to be protected and the city to be kept safe.

LISA DESJARDIN: After months of mounting tensions, Iraqi federal troops moved to retake the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces.

The effort began before dawn. By noon, Iraqi soldiers, along with state-backed militias, quickly took control of several large oil fields north of the city. The Iraqis also took over Kirkuk’s military airport and various government buildings. They flew at half mast what was a symbolic Kurdish flag on the governor’s territory.

Journalist Rebecca Collard from Erbil was in Kirkuk this morning.

rebecca COLLARD, Journalist: There were some clashes, shooting in the distance, but for the most part the city seemed more or less abandoned. So, by the end of today, the Iraqi army actually controlled the entire city and many suburbs of Kirkuk.

LISA DESJARDIN: A spokesman for the Iraqi Shiite militia said they achieved all their goals without much resistance.

AHMED AL-ASSADI, Al-Hashed al-Shaabi spokesman (via interpreter): As the troops approached the area, they encountered several insurgents who were trying to block the advance of the advancing units. Our troops returned fire and drowned out its source.

LISA DESJARDIN: It comes three weeks after the Kurds held a non-binding independence referendum involving the disputed province of Kirkuk.

More than 90 percent of the inhabitants of the Kurdish region voted for secession from Iraq. The Iraqi federal government, Turkey, Iran and the United States have rejected the desire for independence.

The multi-ethnic region of Kirkuk is located near the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Kirkuk, which is called the oil capital of the country, produces about 500,000 barrels per day.

In 2014, during an ISIS offensive into Northern Iraq, the Kurds took control of Kirkuk and the Iraqi military fled the city. Three years later, the Kurds, led by their president Massoud Barzani, sought to consolidate their power despite tensions with the central government.

Kurdish officials today accused Iraq of carrying out a major complex attack.

MAY. GENE. AYUB YUSUF SAID, Peshmerga Commander (via interpreter): I don’t know exactly what’s going on because we’ve been in this fight since 4:00 am. We have suffered losses, including martyrs, and have now withdrawn to this position. Some of the other Kurdish forces left. They didn’t fire a single shot.

LISA DESJARDIN: While the Kurdish forces withdrew from their posts south of the city, some residents vowed to die in battle. Thousands of others fled north.

REBECCA COLLARD: In the past few years, Iraqi forces, primarily the Shiite militias, Hashed Shaabi and Kurdish forces have been focused on fighting ISIS. Now this fight is coming to an end, and there are fears that now these internal divisions in Iraq will become more obvious and perhaps more violent.

LISA DESJARDIN: In these clashes, one armed force, mostly armed by the Americans, is opposed to another. Both Kurdish forces and Iraqi government forces are part of the coalition fighting ISIS. The US sought to downplay the fighting, calling the shootout a misunderstanding.

And in the Rose Garden, President Trump tried to remain neutral.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We don’t like the fact that they clash. We don’t take sides. But we don’t like the fact that they clash.

LISA DESJARDIN: For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Lisa Desjardins.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Emma Sky joined me to learn more. She served as an adviser to General David Petraeus when he was commander of US forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2010 and to Faisal Istrabadi. He is a former Iraqi ambassador to the UN and was involved in the drafting of Iraq’s interim constitution.

Welcome to both of you.

Let me start with you, Emma Skye.

It happened so fast. What exactly did the Iraqi government do?

EMMA SKY, Yale University: The Iraqi government moved its forces north to Kirkuk.

And since 2003, the Kurds have made it clear that they want to include Kirkuk in their territory in order to continue gaining independence, which has always been their goal. But Kirkuk is important to Iraq itself, and no Iraqi prime minister can afford to lose Kirkuk.

So you can see this reaction after the September 25th independence referendum, which also covered the disputed territories and the city of Kirkuk.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Faisal Israbadi, what can you add to why the Iraqi government is so determined to take over the city?

FAISAL ISTRABADI, Former Deputy UN Ambassador to Iraq: Well, several reasons.

First, as Emma just said, this is part of the disputed territories that are legally and constitutionally under the jurisdiction of the federal government in Baghdad. The PKK expanded into these disputed areas at a time when ISIS was expanding its territory and then began taking steps to unilaterally announce that these areas are now included in Kurdistan, including during the referendum Emma referred to.

It provided for a referendum to be held in these disputed territories. Now, as long as Iraq — as long as we’re talking about one country, it doesn’t really matter who controls Kirkuk, but after the referendum, that gave rise to the second reason why Baghdad decided to act now.

As Emma said, Kirkuk is an important oil producing area in Iraq. And this is vital to the economic viability of an independent Kurdish state and an important part of the economic viability of the Iraqi state. Thus, I think there will never be a scenario in which Baghdad allows the Kurds to unilaterally exercise control over Kirkuk while independence is on the negotiating table.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Emma Sky, we heard President Trump say today that the US is taking no sides in this.

Is it true that the US does not take sides? What is the US role here?

EMMA SKY: Well, the US has said over and over again that its policy is to support a unified Iraq.

So you see the US has supported the Iraqi security forces as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS. US policy in the past few years has indeed been focused on ISIS, not the day after ISIS.

But what we are seeing at the moment is that various groups are already moving over the next day, which is a power struggle for control of various territories in Iraq.

And Barzani believed that during the fight against ISIS, he became stronger because he received weapons directly from the international community. And, as Faisal said, he was able to extend his control over the disputed territories.

He also faces internal problems in Kurdistan. Tensions exist between various Kurdish groups, and some believe that Barzani has outlived his presidential term.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Which reminds us how difficult it is, Faisal Istrabadi.

What does the Iraqi central government want here? They are not going to get rid of the Kurds. What do they want?

FAISAL ISTRABADI: Oh, well, I mean the Kurds are, of course, a vital part of Iraq. They are a vital part of the political process and they were introduced in Baghdad. The President of Iraq has been a Kurd since 2005.

I think that should happen, and I hope that the government of Iraq wants a negotiated settlement in which neither side dictates terms to the other, but a negotiated settlement.

Look, Erbil has legal agreements regarding Baghdad. Baghdad has legitimate arrangements for Erbil. I think we may need a mediator or someone to call a roundtable – I mean the United States of course – to address some of these issues.

Most of the problems on Erbil’s side are related to the economic issues of payments, and on Baghdad’s side, the transparency of how much oil Erbil produces and exports, which Erbil has never reported to Baghdad.

I think that if these issues are resolved, perhaps some of these other issues can be put off until at least another day. But in the end, neither the government – nor the regional government, nor the federal government in Baghdad – can truly tolerate the dictation of terms by the other side. I hope that a settlement agreement will be reached through negotiations.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Emma Sky, where do you think it’s going to go next? Do you see the peace that various parties in Iraq have worked hard to create is crumbling as a result?

EMMA SKY: I think there is room for a deal, and I think that such a deal that could be negotiated is about the special status of the city of Kirkuk and the agreed terms for secession of Kurdistan, be it confederation or independence.

But there must be negotiations. Consideration needs to be given to where the border between Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq should actually be, and this requires mediation between areas in these territories.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, we know that there are other players that are playing an important role here in Iran and Turkey, and it all plays out very strongly as we watch, watch it happen in Iraq.

Emma Sky, Faisal Istrabadi, thank you very much.


EMMA SKY: Thank you.

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Kanye Christian School Is A Real Disaster, Says Teachers’ Lawsuit



Students attending Kanye West’s Donda Academy eat sushi every day in the cafeteria, with no tables, chairs, or even utensils. The building also lacks cleaners or school nurses, and teachers have nowhere to teach or discipline their students, according to a lawsuit that paints a bizarre picture of a Christian private school.

Two former teachers at a preschool through 12th grade facility in Simi Valley, Calif., have previously attempted to raise concerns about what they say is a clear violation of Department of Education regulations. But they say they were quickly and unfairly fired from their new job. Now they are suing the disgraced rapper and several other school leaders for racial discrimination and labor violations.

Cecilia Haley, an educator of 25 years, and her daughter Chekari Byers, who is also a teacher, were the only black teachers at Donda Academy for just two months before they were fired on March 3, according to a lawsuit filed with VICE News by their lawyer. They were paid irregularly and were often short of $2,700 for a pay period.

Their lawsuit also alleges multiple health and safety violations that the school failed to address. Instead, the principal called Hayley and Byers “aggressive” for trying to give an idea of ​​what the school needed.

“I’m just tired of the rhetoric that competent black women are considered violent,” Hailey said in a statement provided by her attorney.

“I feel really sad about all of this,” Byers said. “I will never deny it [West’s] talent, but while his vision for the school sounds great on paper, it’s just pure chaos and rebellion. It’s like a mental hospital run by patients.”

Some of the most egregious issues, according to the lawsuit, have to do with the school’s frivolous security measures. According to the lawsuit, teachers are not provided with or required to have basic life support courses such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and there are no school nurses or protocols to meet the medical needs of children. The school also does not have a cleaning service. Instead, he provides teachers with acidic water microfiber cloths for cleaning.

Regarding the material taught to students, the lawsuit alleges that the school did not comply with California’s rules regarding testing or individual lesson plans. And there was no system of disciplinary action on children, which, according to the lawsuit, allowed bullying of students and teachers to go unpunished. According to the lawsuit, one eighth grader who constantly bullied others, for example, hit a classmate and tried to do the same to a teacher. The institution did nothing to punish them.

“There are several students with bullying issues that remain unresolved,” the lawsuit says.

Yeh, who named the school after his late mother Donda West, a former chair of English at Chicago State University, has long been silent about the private school he founded last year. But after false claims about the murder of George Floyd and several scathing tirades against the Jewish community, one of which he praised Hitler, the school, once shrouded in mystery, began to crack. What’s this closed briefly last October after his infamous anti-Semitic interview on the Drink Champs podcast before his parents were told it will remain open in less than a day.

Meanwhile, the parents and staff, tired of Ye’s public antics, started leaving school in droves.

Hayley and Byer’s lawsuit provides a glimpse of what it’s like to attend school.

According to the lawsuit, students are not allowed to bring food or drinks with them, with the exception of water for lunch. Instead, they were provided with sushi paid for daily by Ye himself, who ate in an unfurnished canteen with no forks.

According to the lawsuit, wall art is banned in classrooms, as are traditional chairs. Instead, students are required to stand throughout the lesson or use foam cushions and teachers are provided with stools to sit on. The trash cans were limited to the kitchen and classrooms. And for some reason, coloring books and crossword puzzles were banned, and all classes had to be held on the first floor.

“Classes could not take place on the second floor as Defendant West reportedly did not want children or staff to go upstairs as he was reportedly afraid of stairs,” the lawsuit states.

“Kanye West is just as bad at managing the school as he is with his personal and professional life,” said lawyer Ron Zambrano for Haley and Bayer. “These egregious violations at Donda Academy are yet another example of West’s unusual behavior and our clients simply will not tolerate this, regardless of his celebrity status.”

The fame of the Grammy-winning artist and fashion mogul has taken a turn for the worse since the end of last year. He lost lucrative deals with Adidas, Balenciaga, Gap and JP Morgan Chase. His fake racist statements cost him $1.5 billion.

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Quordle Today: See every Quordle answer and tooltip for April 8th.



If Quordles today is too difficult, you have come to the right place for hints. Here are not just hints, but a whole Quordles solutions. Scroll to the bottom of this page and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Anyway, scroll down and you’ll get what you need.

What Quordles?

Quordles is a five letter word guessing game similar to wordle, except that each guess applies letters to four words at once. You get nine guesses instead of six to guess all four words correctly. Looks like a game of four wordle games at the same time, and that’s essentially what it is. But it’s not as intimate as it seems.

is Quordles harder than Wordle?

Yes, but not devilishly so.

where Quordles from?

amide wordle The boom of late 2021/early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free browser games with word guessing once a day, creator Freddy Meyer says he drew inspiration from one of the first major wordle variations, sit back – the one where you essentially play together wordles one day. He took things up a notch and released Quordle on January 30(Opens in a new tab). Meyer’s creation was covered in Guardians(Opens in a new tab) six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it’s attracting millions of users daily. Today Meyer earns modest income(Opens in a new tab) from Patreon, where dedicated Quordles fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running.

How Quordles pronounced?

“Quordle”. It should rhyme with “Wordle” and definitely shouldn’t be pronounced exactly like “curdle”.

is Quordles strategy is different from wordle?

Yes and no

Your starting strategy should be the same as in the case wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite wordle foreword, there is no reason to change anything here. We offer something rich in vowels, with common letters like C, R and N. But you do it.

However, after the first guess, you will notice that the situation gets out of control if you play Quordles just like wordle.

What should I do in? Quordles what i don’t do in wordle?

Solution wordle The puzzle can cool down to a series of substitutions for a single letter. If you narrowed it down to “-IGHT” you could guess “POWER”, “NIGHT”, “LIGHT” and “VISION” and one of those would probably be the solution – though it’s also a known way to end up losing. V wordle, especially if you’re playing in “hard mode”. IN Quordleshowever, this one-letter sifting is a death trap, and it hints at an important strategic difference between wordle another Quordles: IN Quordlesyou can’t afford to waste guesswork unless you’re constantly removing as many letters as possible.

Guessing a completely random word that you already know is not a solution, just to rule out three or four possible letters that you haven’t tried yet is a desperate dead end move. wordle. IN Quordleshowever, it is a normal part of a player’s strategic toolkit.

Is there a way to get a response faster?

In my experience Quordles can be a slow game, sometimes taking longer than it takes to play wordle four times. But a kind of guessing can speed up the process. The following strategy also works with wordle if you only want the solution and don’t need to have the least possible guess:

Try starting with a set of words that has all the vowels (including Y) written on the board along with some other common letters. We were lucky with three words: “NOTES”, “ERDKY” and “BALL”. youtuber DougMansLand(Opens in a new tab) suggests four words: “CANOE”, “SKIRT”, “REVERSE” and “FRIEND”.

Most of the alphabet has now been removed and you will only have one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases, you will have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without making any wrong guesses.

If the strategy doesn’t work and you’re still stuck, here are some tips:

Are there double or triple letters in today’s Quordles words?

A letter occurs twice in one word.

Are any rare letters used in today’s Quordles like Q or Z?


What do today’s Quordles words begin with

S, L, S and B.

What are the answers for today Quordles?

Are you sure you want to know?

There is still time to turn back.

Okay, you asked for it. Answers:

  1. CRUEL

  2. Rage

  3. SPYED

  4. TO MIX

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