In Soma the recovery operation continues in the desperate search for the Turkish miners who were trapped when an explosion tore through the mine on Tuesday.
To date 283 bodies have been recovered. According to experts hundreds could still be trapped underground, and rescue efforts have been hampered by the hazardous conditions:
“Several of our friends were poisoned because of smoke,” explained rescuer Ozgur Ciftci adding, “We cannot enter some sections before the smoke is cleared, that is why we keep waiting.”
Keeping vigil for the last three days, families of the miners face a torturous wait for news. Simgul Coskun wants an answer one way or another saying that she has been waiting for more than 30 hours for news of her brother adding “dead or alive they should get him out.”
For those who know their loved ones’ fate, funerals were held on Thursday.
Scenes of grief turned to scenes of protest in Izmir and Istanbul where unions called a one-day strike and blamed the government for the tragedy.
Friday will mark the third and final day of national mourning but for the community in Soma the wounds will take much longer to heal.