On Friday, September 8, 2023, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake - the most powerful in Morocco's modern history - struck outside of Marrakesh. More than 2,500 people have been killed and the number of people injured and displaced is increasing by the hour as aftershocks continue to spread.
ActionAid's partners have been working in Morocco for over 20 years through programs that focus on protecting the rights of the most vulnerable people, in particular: women, young people, and migrants. Our relationships and experience in women-led disaster relief allow us to reach the most vulnerable populations in the immediate aftermath of crises like this, with essentials that include temporary shelter, food, water, clothing, sanitation kits, and safe spaces for women and girls.
Amid the chaos of the of the first days following the disaster, our partners were among the first to survey and respond. ActionAid is uniquely placed, through our human rights-based approach, to make a distinct contribution in the response to this emergency, prioritizing highly vulnerable groups, including refugees, female-headed households, and people with disabilities in the long-term. We will continue to share updates on our immediate and long-term response as aftershocks continue.