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Earthquake robbed Moroccan villagers of almost everything - loved ones, homes and possessions

TAFEGHAGHTE, Morocco - His dead relatives have been dug out and buried, but the remnants of Musa Bouissirfane's former life are still trapped under rubble and dust in the ruins of the mud-brick Moroccan village of Tafeghaghte.

''It's incredibly challenging to lose your entire family and all your possessions,'' Bouissirfane said as tears welled in his eyes in the community less than a two-hour drive from Marrakech. ''We have lost everything - our homes, our livestock and all our possessions.''

Less than a week ago, he was excited about his daughter starting second grade. Now he's mourning her death. Far from ambulances and authorities, villagers could not retrieve her body for more than 14 hours, until Saturday afternoon. The earthquake also killed Bouissirfane's mother and father and a niece. His wife is hospitalized in an intensive care unit.


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