Following a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Moulay Brahim, Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, late on a Friday night, survivors are in a heartbreaking and desperate situation. This seismic event, the most powerful in Morocco for a century, has claimed over 2,000 lives, with many more missing and possibly trapped beneath rubble. Moulay Brahim, a charming village about two hours southwest of Marrakech, now lies in ruins, with 25 confirmed casualties. Among the missing are the parents of Sami Sensis, whose family frequented this serene locale. Their hotel partially collapsed during the earthquake, leaving Sensis unable to bid them a proper farewell as he awaits news. The unstable and hazardous conditions at the site have forced the local fire brigade to evacuate, leaving families anxiously waiting for any signs of hope amidst this tragic situation.

Rescue efforts encounter significant challenges due to blocked roads obstructed by fallen boulders, impeding access to remote areas. Local communities, displaying remarkable resilience, have come together, organizing themselves and sharing resources. Leila Idabdelah, for instance, bakes flatbread to support her fellow survivors, a testament to their strength and unity. Foreign governments have extended assistance, a gesture acknowledged by the Moroccan Interior Ministry. Nonetheless, time is of the essence for the residents of Moulay Brahim, as each passing hour diminishes the hope of reuniting with their loved ones.