Grief

Too much grief.

 

He did not ask for help. There was none to give.

He could not save her, but he could sit with her, and so he did, holding her hand so she wasn’t alone.

He could not bear to let her lie in the rubble alone.

Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, close to the quake's epicenter, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast, on Feb. 7.

(Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, close to the quake’s epicenter, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southeast, on Feb. 7.Adem Altan—AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been a year since this photograph captured my attention and forced me to think about a place I have never been.

It still makes me emotional today.

 

And the people in this region still need our help today.