By our entertainment editors
14 Feb 2023 at 19:48
King Willem-Alexander met in The Hague on Tuesday with relatives and friends of victims of the earthquakes in Turkey in Syria. He spoke to them about the situation in the affected countries in Vadercentrum Adam in the Laakkwartier district. The mayor of The Hague Jan van Zanen was also there.
The king, who once paid a visit to the Father Center when he was a prince, heard the stories of those present. For example, a woman said that eleven of her family members were pulled from under the rubble. “I saw it and didn’t want to believe it,” she said of the disaster.
A man said that he speaks to people in the affected area who are struggling. The king called it “a very difficult situation” and wished the man “a lot of strength and strength”. He told those present that he knows that the whole of the Netherlands sympathizes with them.
Many people with a Turkish, Syrian, Turkish-Arab and Kurdish background live in The Hague. They meet, among other things, in the Vadercentrum, where the king attended the daily meal for volunteers. He talked to representatives from these communities about what they can do for their affected family and friends.
The Vadercentrum organizes a benefit campaign for those affected by the earthquakes on Wednesday, during the national action day of Giro555. There is a solidarity meeting, a meal and a cultural program.