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September 9, 2023

ActionAid is deeply saddened by the news of the earthquake that hit Morocco on Friday, September 8, 2023, affecting the provinces and cities of Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Taroudant, Chichaoua, and Ouarzazate. Measuring 6.8 on the Ritcher scale, the earthquake has killed over 1,000 people, and destroyed public and private infrastructure, leaving many in the affected regions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.  We are in solidarity with affected communities.

Commenting on the situation Sara Almer, the Humanitarian Director at ActionAid International, said:  

“We are concerned with the devastating impact of the earthquake, especially for women and girls who suffer the most during humanitarian emergencies. The urgent need will be to provide shelter, food, water, medical aid, and supplies for the affected communities as well as psychosocial support. ActionAid is working closely with local partners to assess the situation, ascertain the emergency support and funding required, and coordinate a response.”  

ActionAid has been present in Morrocco for more than 20 years, working in collaboration with local partner organizations.  

Kirsten Sutherland, Humanitarian Program Coordinator at Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain, said:   

“In just minutes, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been turned upside down. Many families have lost everything – their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Damage to infrastructure is hampering access to information and to affected communities, especially in remote areas. Our objective is to support those communities that have been most badly affected by the earthquake.”  


Spokespeople available:  

  • Sara Almer is the Humanitarian Director at ActionAid International.  
  • Kirsten Sutherland is the Humanitarian Program Coordinator at Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain.  
  • Ousama Chakkor is the Country Coordinator of Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain in Morocco.  

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About ActionAid   

ActionAid is a global federation working with more than 15 million people living in more than 40 of the world’s poorest countries. We want to see a just, fair, and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality and to eradicate poverty.  

Support Families impacted by the earthquakes in Morocco

On Friday night, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake - the most powerful in Morocco's modern history - struck outside of Marrakesh. More than 2,000 people have been killed, and the number of people injured is increasing by the hour as aftershocks continue to spread. A donation can help us reach as many families, women, and girls who have been affected by this crisis, as soon as possible.