A group of aid workers from Dawat-e-Islami's Faizan Global Relief Foundation (FGRF) in the West Midlands is en route to Morocco following a devastating earthquake that has claimed over 2,000 lives.
The earthquake has wrought havoc on the lives of more than 300,000 people in Morocco and its outlying regions. Rescue teams are encountering challenges in reaching remote areas, and the disaster has left over 1,400 individuals with severe injuries.
Syed Muhammad Faisal Sami, Head of FGRF UK, based in Birmingham, is set to arrive in Morocco on Monday. He has received reports from colleagues in North Africa indicating that many people are still trapped beneath collapsed buildings at the disaster site.
"Lots of people are in dire need, and many are eagerly awaiting our assistance," remarked Sami. "Leveraging our experiences from relief efforts in Turkey, Syria, and other locations, we have a solid understanding of their immediate requirements. Hopefully, upon our arrival tomorrow, everything will be in place for us to initiate our relief operations."
Mohammed Sameer Hussain, a volunteer with the charity also traveling on Monday, emphasized that their mission would involve close coordination with local teams and volunteers. He stressed that their foremost objective was to save lives and extricate individuals from the worst-affected areas.
Hussain highlighted the urgent need for provisions like food and water, emphasizing that their initial focus upon arrival would be to assess immediate needs and swiftly distribute aid to those affected.
Both Sami and Hussain of Dawat-e-Islami’s FGRF have previously been actively involved in earthquake relief efforts in Turkey, equipping them with the experience needed to respond effectively to such global disasters.