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Morocco Week in Review 
June 23, 2018

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Paying it Forward in Underserved Communities

June 14, 2018

When her best friend, Meaghan Koudelka, began working for the Peace Corps in Morocco, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to realize her dream. Koudelka works in community and youth development in Ouarzazate, a small city fringed by palm groves between the desert and the mountains of southern Morocco. She had seen firsthand that basic health knowledge was lacking in the community.
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Restoring the Tangier American Legation – State Department Initiative Well Done! – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 12, 2018

A number of articles have been written in the US and Morocco recently about the Tangier American Legation, its importance as the first overseas US consulate, TALIM – the US NGO that now operates the facility as an international research center, community center, museum, and events space, and its many attractions for tourists and local alike.
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World Day Against Child Labour: 247,000 Children Work in Morocco

By Ahlam Ben Saga -  June 18, 2018 Rabat

Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) revealed in the 2017 annual labour survey that 247,000 out of 7,049,000 children aged between seven and 17 face the burden of employment. Some of the children’s works are considered vastly too dangerous for their age. Every year on June 12 the world celebrates UN’s “World Day against Child Labour.” This year’s theme is “World Day for Safety and Health at Work,” aiming to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour. The UN campaign seeks to end all forms of child labour by 2025 and secure a safe working environment for the global workforce by 2030.
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The last salt miners of Morocco

The ancestral tradition of salt mining is on the verge of disappearing in the country.

by Sebastian Castelier & Louis Witter

In the heights of Morocco's Atlas mountains, sit three villages that have been part of the country's salt-mining history since the end of the 18th century.
Perched at 2,000 metres above sea level, Ait-Daoud, Ait-Lahcen and Toumliline are the only mining villages of Tinghir Province.
Armed with their traditional pickaxes, about 100 self-employed salt miners go down into the mine six days a week for an average monthly wage of about $200. Most of the miners are over 40 years old. 
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The last Jew of Essaouira and the exodus that changed Morocco

By Joey Watson and Claudia Taranto for Earshot

In an antique shop in the seaside Moroccan town of Essaouira sits Joseph Sebag, a charming old man with a shy smile. He is all that remains of the city's once thriving Jewish community. But he remembers what it was like before the exodus. "There was no Jew that didn't have a Muslim friend, and there was no Muslim that didn't have a Jewish friend," Mr Sebag says. Take a tour of the Moroccan town of Essaouira with the only Jewish man who still lives there. Jewish merchants first arrived in Africa around 500 BC. In the centuries that followed, thousands of Jews fleeing persecution in Europe established new lives in Morocco.
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In Morocco, women find a recipe for success and gainful employment

Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald founded the Amal for the Culinary Arts association in Marrakesh, Morocco, to train women in professional skills to enter the restaurant industry. The program has been so successful it has trouble keeping up with demands for its trainees.

June 14, 2018 By Stéphanie Jacob L’Economiste  Marrakesh, Morocco

It is an initiative so successful it’s struggling to keep up with demand. The Marrakesh-based Amal for the Culinary Arts association enables women who previously had no income to learn the restaurant business and gain hands-on experience at the association’s own restaurant, before finding them a job through its network of partners. Today, Amal (Arabic for “hope”) is so successful it doesn’t have enough trainees ready to fill all the positions that potential employers are willing to offer………..
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What to do in Fez for 3 days: How to explore Morocco’s hidden gem

Where to stay and how to spend your time

June 16, 2018 - 22:38 BST Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon

Lesser-known than its famous Moroccan sibling Marrakech, Fez is fast becoming a popular short-break destination from Europe, and with good reason. With a brand new (and quite gorgeous) airport now being served by most capital cities at least once a week, it's easy to get to, and worth the effort when you do. Its ancient medina has become a UNESCO world heritage site. It's already quite stunning but it continues to be udpated and preserved as more and more tourists arrive to explore it….
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Sustainable and cheaper biogas for rural Morocco

Moroccan farmers pay a lot to irrigate their land. Fatima Zahra Beraich, a 31-year-old engineer has developed a simple process to make biogas which could pave the way for farmers to turn away from expensive propane gas………………
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Boycotts in Morocco an expression of discontent helped by social media

Non-institutional actors, which include cyber-activists, caught the political parties and the government off guard.

Sunday 17/06/2018 Francis Ghiles

The boycott of certain products and services in Morocco, begun in April, is without precedent in the kingdom. Facebook pages with more than 2 million users have backed the campaign, which no political or civil society group has claimed. One boycott page claims: “The goal of this boycott is to unite Moroccan people and speak with one voice against expensive prices, poverty, unemployment, injustice, corruption and despotism.” The campaign has targeted the Sidi Ali and Oulmes mineral water brands, part of the Holmarcom Group owned by the Bensalah family. Its most-famous member is the former president of Morocco’s employers’ association, Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun…………….
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Serghina’s Treasure: Proof of Moroccans’ Infantile Thought?

By Jaouad Mabrouki -  June 17, 2018 Rabat

The recent failed treasure-hunting attempt in Serghina, 135 South East of Fez, is an example of Morocco’s infantile thought. Infantile thought makes the person admire myths because it feeds his imagination and allows him, according to psychoanalysis, to relieve his daily frustrations so that he always takes the role of a legendary hero. As he grows, the child gradually recognizes reality and realizes that all myths were a mere metaphor………..
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25 Amazing Images of Morocco During Its Peak Season

Wednesday June 13, 2018  Francisco Antunes

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