Wildfires in Morocco deepen suffering of rural women
Women living in rural areas of Morocco have been suffering wildfires that broke out on Monday in the province of Larache, in northern Morocco. Until now, four people, including two women died of asphyxiation inside their homes.
Morocco- Morocco has been suffering from wildfires caused by high temperatures, lack of water resources and climate change. Until now, four people, including two women died of asphyxiation inside their homes. Members of NGOs and human rights defenders in Morocco call for fast and practical solutions for the victims of the wildfires.
“Women and children are the most affected by disasters”
Samira Muheya, the president of the Federal League for Women's Rights in Rabat, pointed out that women and children are the most affected by disasters. “The wildfires in Morocco cause financial damages. The wildfires have negative effects on food stuffs, agriculture, water resources and the health of individuals, including their sexual and reproductive health, as well as their well-being, protection and rights. People living in rural areas have been losing their sources of living. This situation has particularly affected women and girls living in villages, because they bear the main burden of obtaining food, water and other essential supplies for their families. Women globally face gender inequality, which makes their lives and the lives of their families difficult, and disasters make their lives worse,” she told us.
“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges in the world”
Speaking about the effects of climate change, Ilham Belfhili, a researcher on climate change and natural disasters, said, “The world is aware of climate change that has caused some disasters and natural phenomena, including fires, earthquakes, floods, etc. Morocco, like all other countries, has been suffering from wildfires. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges in the world, as it affects all generations, regions, classes, and different groups of income, age and genders. According to the reports, Morocco is one of the countries most affected by climate change.”
Morocco needs a preventive policy
Stressing that Morocco needs a preventive policy, Ilham Belfhili said, “The people of Morocco must be aware of the seriousness of the situation. A clear strategy must be developed to protect forests. Fast and practical solutions should be found for the victims of the wildfires.”