The Lead Bishop for Africa for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has praised Catholic charities and agencies for their swift response to the crises in Libya and Morocco.
An earthquake struck Morocco a week ago on 8th September, killing more than 2,900 people, while on 13th September, the port city of Derna in Libya, was hit by floods known to have killed more than 11,000 people, with around 10,000 still missing.
Bishop Paul Swarbrick has also expressed the solidarity of the Catholic Church of England and Wales with the people of Morocco and Libya, who have been devastated in recent days by the two natural disasters.
Bishop Swarbrick said: “The people of Morocco and Libya are in our prayers. We are deeply concerned for those whose lives have been shattered by these tragedies.
“Communities have been ripped apart, homes have been destroyed, loved ones have been killed or gone missing, and tens of thousands have been displaced across North Africa and beyond. We pray for all of those who are suffering so greatly at this time.”
The floods in Libya occurred after a storm led to a huge amount of rainfall, which caused two crucial dams to burst, as well as the ruin of several bridges.
The earthquake in Morocco is the deadliest in 60 years, causing destruction, particularly to the remote towns and villages in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh.
Caritas Morocco is providing aid to the population in the city of Amizmiz, one of the worst areas affected by the earthquake, as well as some of the surrounding villages.
Bishop Paul commended the work of the Catholic charities and agencies who have responded so quickly to the emergencies, as well as other NGOs and those who continue to give generously.
“The work of Caritas Morocco has been invaluable in giving support to the people of Morocco in this time of crisis. Catholic charities all across the world are often on the scene of tragedy as quickly as possible, lending a helping hand to those most in need.
“I thank all those who work in such charities and those who donate. Please continue to give generously and to keep the people of Morocco and Libya in your prayers.”