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Wave of emotion in Morocco and around the world after the death of little Rayan

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The silence is terrible this morning in the village. Everyone was praying that he would come out alive. everyone cried, testified a relative of the family.

I couldn’t sleep for those five days. I have a child the same age as Rayan. I think of him every time I look at my baby, told AFP a neighbor, Mounir Adbib.

Funeral scheduled for Monday

The child’s funeral is scheduled for Monday in the village of Ighrane (north), where the tragedy took place, a cousin of the child and a deputy from the province of Chefchaouen, Abderrahim Bouazza, told AFP. .

No official information has filtered on a possible autopsy. The body of the five-year-old boy was transported to the military hospital in Rabat.

Rescue workers carry a stretcher with a small boy.

Moroccan rescue services transport five-year-old Rayan to an ambulance after pulling him out of the pit he fell into five days ago.

Photo: afp via getty images / FADEL SENNA

The world mourns Rayan… The fall of a child reminded the world of the values ​​of humanity, commented the site of public television SNRT.

Abroad, Pope Francis, visibly moved, hailed a whole people [marocain] who gathered to save Rayan, during the Angelus prayer celebrated in the Vatican.

They tried everything; unfortunately, he did not survive. But what an example. Thank you to these people for this testimony. »

A quote from Pope Francis

A sign of the intense emotion caused by the tragedy, it was the royal cabinet which announced the death of the child on Saturday evening.

King Mohammed VI himself called Rayan’s parents to offer his condolences.

We thank His Majesty the King, the authorities and all those who have helped us. Praise God, have mercy on the dead, said the father, Khaled Aourram, on television, with a defeated face.

In Rabat, the capital of the kingdom, the inhabitants met are in shock.

It’s a disaster. Hope the soul [de Rayan] will rest in peace. We wish his parents and all his family patience and comfort, summarizes a passerby.

All pay tribute to the tireless efforts of the rescuers.

The five-day race against time by the rescuers was followed live by countless Internet users.

Tributes from around the world

And as soon as the death was announced, tributes on social networks poured in from all over the world, from neighboring and rival Algeria to France or the United States, in all languages.

Little angel, you fought until the end, a hero, greeted a user on Twitter. He will have succeeded where leaders and the media have failed. He gathered the peoples around him, added another internet user.

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Rayan had accidentally fallen on Tuesday into a 32-meter dry well, narrow and difficult to access, dug near the family home in the village of Ighrane, in the province of Chefchaouen (north).

Rescuers were digging by hand

Entering a horizontal breach on Saturday, the rescuers had continued their work centimeter by centimeter, digging by hand to avoid any landslide.

Until Friday, rescuers had tried to send oxygen and water through tubes and bottles down to Rayan, without certainty that he could use them.

A rescue worker at the scene of an ongoing rescue operation.

Race against time for rescuers who are trying to save young Rayan who has been stuck in a deep well since Tuesday.

Photo: Getty Images/-

As soon as the tragedy broke out, thousands of supporters came running in a sign of solidarity and camped on the spot, in this mountainous area of ​​the Rif, at an altitude of nearly 700 meters.

A volunteer driller, Ali Sahraoui, a 50-year-old who dug the earth with his hands during the rescue operation, became for a time the hero social networks.

It was a dangerous adventure with a lot of risks, but we had hope to get him out alive. »

A quote from Ali Sahraoui, a volunteer driller

On Sunday, work began to fill in the shaft and the relief tunnel, according to AFP journalists.

This accident echoed a tragedy that occurred in early 2019 in Andalusia (Spain), where two-year-old Julen died after falling into a well 25 centimeters in diameter and more than 100 meters deep.

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