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Novák Katalin a kis Ahmet és az őt megmentő magyarok társaságában - 2023.03.30.

Katalin Novák visited a young boy in Adana saved by Hungarians

President of Hungary Katalin Novák visited a child in Adana saved by the rescue team Életjel (life-sign) in the aftermath of the earthquake in Türkiye in February.

Katalin Novák visited 5 year old Ahmet Yildirim in his home, bringing surprise gifts.
The young boy spent 5 days beneath the rubble without eating or drinking, before the rescue team Életjel (life-sign) succeeded in bringing him out. One of his legs, however, had to be amputated. Ahmet also lost his parents and brother in the earthquake.

The 6 February earthquake that hit the Turkey-Syria border region in Turkey killed more than 50,000 people, and millions more were displaced or lost all their belongings.

A total of 167 Hungarian volunteers with 22 search dogs were involved in the rescue, saving 35 lives. Tímea Fauszt made a short film about their work.

President of Hungary Katalin Novák is paying an official visit to Türkiye between 29-31 March on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The President of Hungary had a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Türkiye on Wednesday, visited the Turkish Grand National Assembly and a part of the earthquake-hit region on Thursday, and will unveil the statue of Mancs, the famous rescue dog, visit the Memorial House for Imre Thököly and lay a wreath at Imre Thököly’s tomb on Friday.