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Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer • February 26, 2024

Afghanistan devastated after massive earthquake

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck the western province of Herat in Afghanistan, with a 5.0-magnitude earthquake following shortly after.

The deadly earthquake hit October 8, killing 2,400 people and injuring just over 1,600. More than 12,000 locals have been affected, leaving most in need of necessities and healthcare. Nearly 2,000 homes across 20 villages have been completely destroyed.

Action contre la Faim teams have partnered with the Razi Social Development Organization, supplying those affected with hygiene items, warm clothing and blankets, and kitchen utensils. UNICEF, or the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is responsible for providing relief to children across the world. In Afghanistan, they are providing water and hygiene to the children of the families affected by the earthquake. UNICEF is currently accepting donations on its website.

Aside from organizations such as these, Afghanistan is relying almost entirely on foreign aid, as their healthcare system is struggling due to cuts made when the Taliban took over in the summer of 2021. A very small number of countries have offered to help Afghanistan with the aftermath of the earthquake, despite Afghanistan being very vulnerable.

Photo Credit:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/63-magnitude-earthquake-hits-afghanistan-days-after-devastating/story?id=103879866

Sources:

Afghanistan: Urgent action critical after devastating earthquake

https://abcnews.go.com/International/63-magnitude-earthquake-hits-afghanistan-days-after-devastating/story?id=103879866

Helping the victims of the earthquake in Herat

 

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Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Samantha Sorensen and I am a sophomore at Hunter High School. Some things I like to do for fun are hang out with friends and family, watch movies, and go shopping. My interest for journalism started when I took a speech and debate class during my freshman year of high school. I discovered that I like arguing a point and trying to make a change, but I didn't like the competition. I feel that because of this, Journalism is a better fit for me, because I can write influential stories and prove a point but without the competition and arguing, and so far I am really enjoying this class. This school year I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things, and I am hoping to broaden my horizons in journalism.

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