From the ashes: Turkish town strives to rebuild a year after wildfire

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Ümmühani Aydın and her husband Erdem are preparing to move into their new house, built next to the old one that was destroyed in last year’s devastating wildfire, in the village of Demirciler in southern Turkey. Ümmühani has tears in her eyes as she recalls the “hell-like” scene when a huge blaze burnt down several houses within only a few hours, including the couple’s 25-year-old home in Demirciler, some 70 kilometres east of the Mediterranean tourism hotspot Antalya. Fanned by strong winds throughout the night, the blaze turned the once-lush green valley of pine forests, olive groves and bee…

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