Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Friday, 17 November 2023
Salesians launch campaign to 'directly help' victims two months after Morocco’s earthquake

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The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has launched a campaign aimed at helping victims of the Morocco deadly earthquake that happened on September 8.


According to the  Salesian Missions, the local population is still struggling with the effects of the earthquake that killed more than 2,800 people, injured more than 5,000 others and left massive  destruction on property in its wake.


 “The local population is struggling to overcome the devastation and faces an increasingly difficult time as efforts to rescue survivors diminished. Salesians are working to raise funding for humanitarian efforts to directly help those most in need,” the entity says in a Monday, November 6 report.


The officials say that the donations will be sent to the Archbishop of Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese, Cristobal Lopez Cardinal Romero, who will manage the distribution with the local Caritas Diocesan.


The earthquake reportedly “struck at 23:11 local time” in Morocco, during which “tremors were felt in several areas of the country from Casablanca to Marrakech, where many buildings were  destroyed or severely damaged.”


Other Moroccan provinces and municipalities that were affected by the quake include al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released a press statement last month calling for urgent humanitarian assistance ahead of winter.


The humanitarian agency appealed for immediate requirements including warm shelter for those who have lost or incurred damage to their homes and crucial hygiene infrastructure like latrines and showers.