BrandArena: Afreximbank announces US$500,000 support for earthquake relief in Morocco

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Afreximbank announces US$500,000 support for earthquake relief in Morocco

Following the devastation caused by a massive magnitude 6.8 earthquake, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a $500,000 donation to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the Kingdom of Morocco, particularly to the hard-hit regions of Al Haouz, Chichaoua, Taroudant, Amizmiz, and Marrakesh. 

The earthquake was the largest to strike the nation's centre in more than a century, killing roughly 3,000 people and injuring many more. Historical and cultural sites have also been severely damaged, and many people have been displaced.

The donation will be channelled towards assisting the Government in its disaster recovery, relief, and reconstruction efforts. This support will enable the provision of basic needs of food, water, clothing, and shelter as well as restoring power and other essential services to impacted families.

Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented: “We are committed to helping the Government of Morocco recover from this devastating earthquake. Providing food, water, and shelter is vital in the aftermath of the earthquake and today’s donation demonstrates our continued commitment to humanitarian relief efforts across Africa, in times of crises. It will lend a helping hand to support organizations on the ground as they continue recovery efforts. Our hearts and prayers go out to Morocco, a member state of the Bank and her citizens in these trying times.”

This support is consistent with the Bank’s response to humanitarian crises in its Member States including among others, the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Tropical Cyclone Idai in 2019, the Covid-19 relief efforts in 2020 and support to flood relief efforts in Southern Africa in 2022 and 2023.

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