The African Women Conference, AWC, has sent its condolences to King Mohammed VI and people of Morocco over the deadly earthquake of magnitude 6.8 that struck central Morocco, killing at least 1,000 people and causing severe damage in several areas.
Last Friday, residents rushed into the streets when the quake struck at 23:11 local time (22:11 GMT)
“Violent” tremors were felt in several areas of the country from Casablanca to Marrakesh, where many buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged.
The country’s royal palace has declared three days of national mourning.
In a condolence message to King Mohammed VI, the co-convener of the AWC, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, said the AWC was deeply saddened and stands in solidarity with the King and the entire Moroccan people following the devastating earthquake.
“The entire delegates to the 3rd Edition of the AWC in Marrakech in 2019 feel deeply saddened by the tragedy as they recall the warmth and hospitality of your people during the event,” A statement by Dr. Ahmadu stated.
“The thoughts and prayers of the AWC are with the families and communities affected by this tragedy. We stand with you in this difficult time and pledge our support in any way that we can.
“It is times like these that remind us of the strength and resilience of the Moroccan people. We have no doubt that, together, you will overcome this challenge and rebuild your communities stronger and better.
“Please convey our sincerest sympathies to those affected by the earthquake. May they find comfort and strength in the support of their loved ones and in the solidarity of the global community,” she added.