Thank you to all those who wrote to ask if we are ok. Physically, yes, we don’t live anywhere near Cafe Argana on Jema el Fna. But I am so stunned by the events that happened today. First we heard reports that a Buta gas bottle had exploded in the Cafe. Such a horrible thought. But even more horrible is the reality that emerged as the day went on. Not a gas bottle but a criminal act; an official death toll of 15. We heard from a friend who happened to be in Jema el Fna at the time of the explosion. He was one of the first to rush in and help evacuate the stunned victims. He spoke of the French mother who had lost her 10 year old daughter. Heartbreaking.
Moroccans today are outraged at this act. Callers on the local radio channel Radio Plus that covered the event all day were all adamant in condemning this crime. Their message is clear, one voice saying, this is NOT from our ways, our religion, or any religion. All are calling for justice.
For those in Marrakesh who want to help, there is an urgent need for blood donations, especially O- at the Hopital ibn Tofail. There are as many as 20 critically injured victims being cared for there.
L’hôpital de Marrakech A Besoin de Votre sang , spécialement O- (universel)
Centre de Transfusion Sanguine Marrakech Menara
Adresse: Hôpital Ibn Toufial Hôpital
Téléphone fixe : 0524 43 89 48
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I pray for those souls that departed today, may God’s mercy and gentleness envelop them. For all those who lost beloveds, I cannot fathom your pain, my heart is aching for you on this day of sorrow.