Last Tuesday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Albania, killing 51 people. 20,000 persons, including 9000 children, are affected. Tdh has been active since 1993 in the country and was able to react immediately. Ten days after the disaster, our teams continue to provide emergency assistance and psychosocial support to children and families.
In the early morning of Tuesday 26 November, the earth shook in Albania. Most people were still asleep. "I was so scared. I immediately jumped over my little brother to protect him from the bricks that were falling. I thought I would never see my mother again," says a 12-year-old girl.
Tirana, Durrës and Laç – three very populated locations – were the most affected areas: 51 people were killed and 750 wounded. Five thousand people are left without a roof. Most of them are sheltered in school gyms or hotels, sleep in tents or stay with relatives.