Big-hearted Arsenal star Bukayo Saka helps build a container village for hundreds of earthquake victims in Morocco

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ARSENAL star Bukayo Saka has helped to build a container village for earthquake victims in Morocco.

The England winger, 22, has funded 50 containers for a village in the Taroudant region where 255 will be able to have somewhere to live.

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Bukayo Saka has helped build a container village in MoroccoCredit: Reuters
The container village will home 255 people in Morocco

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The container village will home 255 people in Morocco
The village consists of 50 containers

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The village consists of 50 containers
Saka is working with the charity BigShoe

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Saka is working with the charity BigShoe
Locals were pictured in Arsenal shirts

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Locals were pictured in Arsenal shirts

Almost 3000 people died when the earthquake struck in early September.

In the village Saka is helping 42 people were killed, but the winger is stepping in to help those who survived, working alongside charity BigShoe.

He said: “I was shocked when I heard about the terrible earthquake in Morocco.

“But in the moment I knew that I really want to help and we started to look at what we can do to help the displaced families.

“We found a way to help relatively quickly and we were able to put a roof over their head and give them some comfort and hope to those who have lost everything through no fault of their own.

“I hope that the 84 families and, above all, the 89 children in the containers can regain a piece of their everyday lives.”

The containers have an area to sleep, a kitchenette, bathroom and shower as well as electricity.

Saka has worked with BigShoe to help those in need in the past.

Morocco has been severely affected by the earthquake

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Morocco has been severely affected by the earthquake
The earthquake registered a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale

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The earthquake registered a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale

Last year he funded 120 life-changing operations for children in Nigeria and earlier this year supported shelters for victims of an earthquake in Turkey.

Saka added: “In situations where people are fighting for survival, losing their homes or their loved ones, you become even more aware of the privileged situation you live in.”

Saka is not the only high-profile footballer to help fund communities in need of financial aid.

Liverpool star Mo Salah has donated huge sums of money to various causes including supplying food to families in his hometown, pledging £500,000 to an Egyptian children’s hospital, and donating £27,000 to help retired Egyptian footballers.

Salah’s former Reds team-mate Sadio Mane also donated £500,000 towards the building of a hospital in Senegal, as well as £200,000 for a secondary school and £41,000 to combat coronavirus in his home country.

And Cristiano Ronaldo also helped out Portugal during the pandemic by providing five ventilators to hospitals.

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