In Tuesday night, thousands of people gathered in Antakya, southern Turkey, and other cities to remember the more than 53,000 people who died in the earthquake a year ago. In Antakya, many shouted “Does anyone hear our voices?” and held up posters with the phrase.

Friederike Böge

Political correspondent for Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan based in Ankara.

On the one hand, they were reminiscent of the cruel scenes in the first days after the quake, when buried people called for help and often still could not be rescued because the rescue efforts got off to a slow start. To this day, many Turks ask themselves why the military was not mobilized back then. On the other hand, the sentence “Does anyone hear our voices” represents the discontent that reconstruction in Antakya is making little progress.