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U.S. and German tourists have given moral and material support to families of the victims of the Soma mine blast during their visit to the Protestant Church in Ephesus Ancient City in Turkey's western province of Izmir.
Tourists aged between 18 and 30 years visited the houses of five miners who lost their lives due to the explosion in the Soma mine in western Turkey which resulted in the deaths of 301 people two weeks ago. The tourists had a talk with the families and made a financial donation for the families.
Mike Martin, the priest of the Protestant Church in Ephesus, told The Anadolu Agency that the church's visitors wanted to support and meet the families of the victims.
"We wanted to share their sorrow. Those who died are so young and they also have children. Some of the family members are still in shock," Martin said.
Anna Ziese, aged 19 from the U.S., stated that she came to Turkey as a tourist but she felt so bad when she learnt about the fatalities in the coal mining accident. She said that her sorrow is shared with her relatives in U.S. and she added that she will tell what she saw in Soma to people in the U.S.
On May 13, an explosion in a mine in Soma, in the western part of Turkey, claimed 301 lives, making it the deadliest mining incident in Turkey’s history. imgLast Mod: 28 Mayıs 2014, 14:34