Morocco earthquake: Powerful 6.8-magnitude quake shakes Morocco

Aziz Asmar, 50, a graffiti artist from northern Syria, from the city of Idlib, says he is showing support and solidarity with Morocco by drawing a mural with the words “Peace to Morocco” on it.

“Today, we are drawing on the walls of our homes that were destroyed first by Bashar al-Assad’s air force, then by the 6th February earthquake,” said Asmar about his latest mural on Saturday.

The mural is of a Morocco map with the words “Our pain is one.”

“We drew this to send a message of solidarity with our people in Morocco who were saddened by the earthquake disaster today”, Asmar said.

Mural in Idlib expressing solidarity with Morocco.
Aziz Asmar, 50, a graffiti artist from northern Syria, from the city of Idlib, says he is showing support and solidarity to Morocco by drawing a mural with the words ‘Peace to Morocco”‘ on it [Ali Haj Suleiman/Al Jazeera]

He said that the February 6 earthquake that struck Turkey and northwest Syria and left thousands dead and injured spread the feeling of solidarity with the Moroccan people.

When first watching the news and videos of the Moroccan earthquake, Asmar said he immediately thought of Syria’s own quake.

“I remembered the crying, the loss of loved ones, and the death of our relatives under the rubble”, he said.

“My message is a message of solidarity in which we say to our brothers in Morocco that you are our people and the catastrophe brought us together. We are brothers by blood, land and language.”

Mural in Idlib expressing solidarity with Morocco
The mural is of a Morocco map with the words ‘Our pain is one.’ [Ali Haj Suleiman/Al Jazeera]

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