Wave of solidarity

Students and institutions offer support after Morocco earthquake

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The Moroccan flag. Photo: Pixabay

Aid workers from all over the world have flocked to Morocco to search for the missing and to rescue those trapped under the rubble. Fundraising campaigns are also gaining momentum throughout the Netherlands.

Many Dutch higher education institutions are taking action to help staff and students who have been directly affected. This includes organising meetings and offering psychological support.

Initiatives are also being launched by students themselves. Erasmus Magazine reports that Rotterdam Islamic student association IQRA has joined forces to raise funds with Avicenna, a multicultural association for medical students.

The earthquake is having a devastating impact on many Morroccan students. NRC reports  that students at two halls of residence in Marrakech lost a total of 37 family members between them. The city’s Cadi Ayyad University has postponed all of its entrance exams until further notice.