The death toll from the latest Morocco earthquake has increased to nearly 2500. Nearly immediately after the news of Friday’s quake in Morocco emerged, aid offers poured in from around the globe.
Morocco has only accepted aid from Spain, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, and it has been questioned why it has been so reluctant to get other offers.
AFP reports that French aid is on standby, but the chief of one rescue charity, Secouristes sans Frontieres, stated that the Moroccan government has not given the green light to his aid workers.
Algeria, which severed diplomatic ties with its North African neighbor two years ago, stated that it could dispatch 80 rescue specialists from its civil protection force.
There have also been offers from the United States, Tunisia, Turkey, and Taiwan.
However, the decision regarding which assistance to accept has become entangled with concerns of sovereignty and geopolitics.
Morocco asserts that it desires to maintain control, and that there needs to be coordination.
However, government critic and activist Maati Mounjib stated that this is the incorrect response and that it is “truly an error” to insist on sovereignty and national pride.
“This is not the moment to refuse because the aid is essential,” he told the Newsday.
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