The roof collapsed on Fatiha’s husband, who was already in bed for the night. Her son had just managed to leave the house, but he and the neighbors went back in to rescue the trapped father, who miraculously has only serious bruising from the disaster.
The most urgent needs now
Fatiha is a tailor by trade.
She is the family’s main breadwinner, and, before the quake, she had plans to expand her successful small business. She had managed to save enough money over the past 11 years for the family’s house, as well as a brand-new sewing machine to help with her work.
There is now a gaping hole where the front of her home used to be, with the remains of her sofa protruding out of it. “My whole life, I’ve been struggling to build a decent life for my family,” she says.
“Little by little, I did build it. And now, it’s all gone.”
When asked about her most urgent needs, in the days after the quake, she says, simply: “A roof over our heads.”