This morning, I woke up to a tragic news article posted on Moroccoworldnews.com that a fellow Moroccan, Youness Zabdi, has passed away while stranded in the Philippines. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
The Moroccan Embassy of the Philippines confirmed that the story is indeed true and that they are coordinating with Youness' family in Morocco for repatriation. However, they were unable to share with me his wife's contact details due to personal data protection.
I searched for more details online and came across a video (link below) posted by Youness. You can see that he was facing poverty and hardship while being stranded in the Philippines.
The video has his phone number through which I was able to get in touch with his wife. She is based in Tarlac (a province in the Philippines) and is currently in the process of securing the necessary documents which the Moroccan Embassy has requested for Youness' repatriation. Youness' wife is in need of assistance as the Morgue daily fees are mounting with no clarity as to when repatriation will happen. Given the Covid-19 situation, the family is expecting at least two weeks with fees amounting to at least US$3,200. This is in addition to the financial burden she is currently facing daily as we are in lock-down in the Philippines where most people are unable to work to meet their day-to-day needs.
Throughout the day I have received an overwhelming number of pledges of support from the generous Moroccan community in Singapore which led to the creation of this campaign. I seek your generosity to support Youness' family with paying the Morgue. Anything extra that we raise will be given to the family to assist them in this trying times.
The funds will be distributed in full to Youness' wife. She unfortunately does not have a bank account however, we will be able to receive funds on her behalf through remittance services Cebuana, MoneyGram Mhuillier or Western Union which will then be turned over to her at the end of the campaign.
Here are the links to the news article and video: