ZOA also hopes to soon be able to provide emergency aid with a partner in Libya, the country that was hit by a flood disaster a few days after the earthquake in Morocco. “The situation there is even more volatile, due to the unstable context. There are two governments in Libya and the security risks in the country are high.”
Cold winter nights
The temporary shelters that ZOA is now setting up with its partner in Morocco, resemble tunnel tents. “It is an iron construction with corrugated sheets and insulation material,” explains Else Lotte. “It is an interim solution that will at least allow people to get through the winter.” From December on, it gets cold at night in the mountainous area, with temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius.
In theory, people could live in the temporary shelters for up to a few years, but the hope is that a structural solution will be found sooner. “It is the first step towards recovery,” says an employee of ZOA's partner organisation. “We hope to be able to support the villagers in this area physically and emotionally for a longer period of time.”
Photos: Jenny Shaffer
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