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Emergency Update

Morocco Earthquake

Just after 11 pm on Friday, 8 September, local time, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco. Sadly, 2,800 have reported to have died and more than 2,500 people have been injured.

The earthquake was the hardest to hit Morocco since 1960, causing widespread devastation between the Atlas Mountains and the city of Marrakesh. Many buildings were turned to rubble and those who survived have been sleeping outside in the streets or sheltering in public buildings or spaces. 

UNICEF teams are mobilising staff and supplies in Morocco.

By donating to our Children's Emergency Appeal you can help children and families whose lives have been devastated by earthquakes and natural disasters.

Should your donation not be needed in Morocco, we will use it in similar situations affecting the lives of children around the world.

Natural disasters to ongoing conflicts, millions of children around the world face devastating losses and uncertain futures.

Children in emergencies often lose their homes, school and their loved ones. Their access to food, water and healthcare is affected, and although parents and caregivers are doing all they can to keep their children safe, devastatingly, many children are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

We can’t stop emergencies from happening, but we can ensure that more children survive. That means being on the ground, delivering life-saving support during emergencies and being there long after a crisis has struck to help restore vital health and nutrition programs.

"Today, there are more children in need of humanitarian assistance than at any other time in recent history."

Catherine Russell
UNICEF Executive Director

Every year, UNICEF responds to hundreds of emergencies, delivering life-saving care, safeguarding children’s rights and protecting them from harm. From emergency relief to long-term development solutions, UNICEF is 100 per cent donor funded.

Thanks to the contributions of our generous supporters, we're able to have a presence in over 190 countries around the world. With the scale of our infrastructure, pre-positioned supplies in areas prone to emergencies and our long-term development programs around the world, UNICEF can act quickly, delivering life-saving help to children in just 48 hours.


UNICEF is 100% donor funded.


we can respond to an average of 300 emergencies a year.

How will my donation help children?

By donating to support UNICEF’s emergency work, you can help us reach the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities.

  • $82 could provide 24 emergency food ration packs containing 216 bars of ready-to-eat fortified food. 
  • $130 could provide 26,000 water purification tablets, each able to create up to 5 litres of clean drinking water. 
  • $311 could deliver a School-in-a-Box with enough education supplies to keep 40 students learning.

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.
  • 18¢
    last year, 18 cents in every dollar were invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.

Your generous gift will help support UNICEF's work for children in emergencies and for all children in need around the world.

A man walks through the rubble in an alleyway in the earthquake-damaged old city in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023.
© UNICEF/UNI433684/Senna/AFP

When disaster strikes, you can make a difference.

UNICEF is on the ground, providing urgent assistance to children and their families. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help to always be there. No matter what.

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