Peter had put his life savings of about $6 million into accounts at three small banks in China’s central Henan province. He says he hasn’t been able to access them since April.
Thousands of survivors were stranded outside in Turkey and Syria in below freezing temperatures as rescuers continued combing through the rubble after the quake.
Just hours before Christian Atsu was trapped, he had scored the winning goal for the Turkish soccer club Hatayspor.
As the Syrian government tightly controls what aid it allows into opposition-held areas, border crossings with Turkey have been a lifeline.