+++CRISIS UPDATE: Disaster’s Aftermath+++

Three days after disaster struck on European and African Coasts the situation is still dire in many regions affected by Tsunami “Gregor”. Many countries pledged to send help and humanitarian aid to Morocco, however the situation in the northern African state is very unstable. Since the His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco went missing on his yacht during the tsunami, the political situation in Morocco is unclear. The line of succession indicates, that his son, HRH Crown Prince Moulay Hassan would be the new King of Morocco, but many people see him unfit to reign, because he is only 14 years old. Popular voices within the military and the public voiced this concern, and asked for HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, the second in the line of succession, to take the throne instead. It seems as if nobody can confirm who is actually in charge of the policies of Morocco at the moment.

All this is also affecting the humanitarian situation in Morocco, where disaster relief is working slowly and ineffectively due to the political dispute within the country. Despite many countries trying to support the Kingdom of Morocco, the Moroccan government is unable to distribute the support effectively. The African Union is currently trying to work together with the World Bank to organise additional disaster relief funds for Morocco.


Problems and confusion are also still a major issue in the regions of Portugal and Spain affected by the tsunami. It appears that the main focus of the European Union was not to aid the people affected by the tsunami within their borders, but immediately took measures to tighten its border control to African countries. Many citizens of Portugal and Spain voiced their discontent with this approach and there have been some protests in the capital cities of both countries addressing the issue, with people wondering why their governments and the European Union are not doing enough to help with disaster relief efforts.


Even though the European Union strengthened the border security to northern Africa there are still many people from Morocco and other affected African countries using the confusion in the aftermath of the tsunami to try to flee to Europe. Mainly people from Morocco, are trying to escape the regions struck by disaster and seek refuge in neighbouring Algeria, but also trying to make their way to Spain and Portugal. Many people gather in front of the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta und Melilla and some are already trying to make their way over the fence. It is unclear how the situation will develop.


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