The earthquake in Morocco is an immeasurable tragedy. Fortunately, everyone we know is fine and safe, which is a huge blessing.
But like most crises, the people most affected are the least well off, people living in remote villages in old buildings. Our thoughts are with them, and with all those trying to assist them too. The mountain areas are terribly affected and it will take time for them to recover. And the reports on the number of people who have died are increasing every day, as the depth of the tragedy unfolds.
Morocco, being Morocco, I am sure everyone will pull together and things will be back to normal very soon. The nation and its people are very resilient and the family support structure will help them through this crisis.
The camp was unaffected and the roads will be open. Many people, rightly so, are suffering from a moral dilemma, whether to visit in this time of grief. On the other hand, Morocco needs financial and moral support, and the best way is to provide direct help and visit the country. But I really do understand the moral dilemma, and it’s right that people should feel that way. But if you come to Morocco you will be warmly welcomed.
If you would like to donate to the effort, please kindly consider making a donation to the British Moroccan Society (BMS) charity which has set up an urgent appeal for donations to support those in immediate need. BMS has worked for decades with local associations across Morocco with a particular focus on the Atlas Mountains in the Al Haouz region around Marrakech. The BMS is a British Charity, Registered Number 1111793, and donations by UK taxpayers are eligible for GiftAid. Here is the link to their Gofundme campaign:
Many thanks for your support of Morocco and its wonderful people.