8 September 2023
A powerful earthquake hit central Morocco on Friday 8 September, just after 11pm local time. Thousands have been killed and survivors are without clean water, food and shelter. Within minutes, communities and their working animals’ lives have been turned upside down. They are in desperate need of immediate, lifesaving support.
11-12 September 2023
Within days of the deadly earthquake hitting Morocco, SPANA teams were on the ground providing critical support and lifesaving care to vulnerable working animals whose lives have been turned upside down. We worked in affected areas across the Atlas Mountains, including in Anougal and Oulad Mtaa.
SPANA’s Chief Executive, Linda Edwards, and Director of Global Animal Welfare, Dr Linda Evans, travelled to Morocco during the week to support our local teams as they provide a lifeline for vulnerable working animals.
Among the many working animals we have been able to help this week, thanks to our supporters, was a donkey who had collapsed. The donkey was diagnosed with a painful neck injury and received treatment from our veterinary team. Our vets are providing ongoing care for the donkey as it recovers at our SPANA centre in Marrakech.
15 September 2023
Among the many working animals we’ve helped is a donkey who had been trapped in the ruins of Imi N’Isli for six days without food or water. Following a two-hour rescue led by the UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team, SPANA vets and a very lucky donkey walked out of the ruins to a rapturous round of applause. After receiving emergency treatment, feed and a very large bucket of water from the SPANA team, the donkey was reunited with his overjoyed owner, farmer Mohammed Oumassoud. On learning that the donkey had no name, the leader of the ISAR rescue team proposed a new moniker for the heroic donkey: Solene, meaning solemn. The donkey is expected to make a full recovery from his ordeal. Watch the video below to find out more about the ambitious rescue effort.