Turkish quake survivors face serious challenges rebuilding lives

Three weeks after the earthquakes that devastated southern Turkey, work is underway to remove debris and build temporary housing. But survivors are facing economic difficulties in rebuilding their lives. Many have lost family members and have no jobs.

Asli Colak is a 38-year-old teacher in Antakya. Her five-story apartment building collapsed, killing her teacher husband and her 11-year-old son.

Left to care for two daughters and a six-month-old baby boy, Colak says mental care for her children is the most pressing issue.

She also says she will have to find a side job as a private tutor because her schoolteacher's income will not be enough to live on.

Another Antakya resident, Fatih Ugurlu, and seven members of his family have been living in a tent in a park. The walls and other structural parts of their nearby home are badly damaged, and they are afraid to live in it.

Ugurlu has for two years run a shoe shop in the city center, but it will be demolished along with surrounding buildings.

The 34-year-old still owes about 26,500 dollars to his bank on a loan he took out to start his business.

He says he cannot repay the loan, and wants the bank to extend the deadline.