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Morocco earthquake: ‘No one is immune to crisis’

How do aid groups decide how to respond after a big disaster? A humanitarian director weighs in.

Damaged buildings above Talat N'Yaaqoub, Morocco, on 12 September 2023. Reuters
Damaged buildings above Talat N'Yaaqoub, Morocco, on 12 September 2023.

The disaster response continues following the 8 September earthquake in Morocco, which killed more than 2,900 people and left thousands without shelter.

How do international humanitarian groups decide whether to respond? How does national sovereignty come into play in the days after a disaster strikes? 


The New Humanitarian’s policy editor, Irwin Loy, spoke with Sara Almer, humanitarian director at ActionAid International, about what’s happening in Morocco, whose stories are told in emergency responses, and how the aid sector can better prepare.

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