Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. John 14:1-4
Tuesday 13th May saw the worst mine disaster take place in Turkey’s history. 787 Soma miners were trapped underground, at a depth of 2km (1.2 miles), when an explosion caused carbon monoxide to fill the tunnels. 284 people have already been confirmed dead since the rescue efforts began and that number is looking to increase as time continues to pass with miners still trapped.
Turkey has declared 3 days of mourning for the huge loss of life which has done nothing to settle the angry protests aimed at the Turkish government. Several of the mining unions are taking a 24 hour strike to protest and raise awareness at the anger over privatisation of the mines and how that is felt to have lead to harder working conditions. The Soma mine, where the disaster took place, was privatised in 2005.
18 miners are still thought to be trapped in the mine.
- For the 122 miners who are injured after Tuesdays horrific events and the countless miners who will have terrifying memories of the experience for years to come.
- For Turkey as a grieving nation; for all those who have lost a loved one.
- For protesting not to get out of hand.
- For miners all around the world as they continue to face ‘unknown days’.
- God’s peace to fall upon Turkey