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Morocco Week in Review 
September 14, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Morocco Has Highest Female Suicide Rate in North Africa

With a female suicide rate of 3.6 in 100,000 women, Morocco tops the list of North African countries.

By Morocco World News - Sep 10, 2019 Rabat

On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a 2016 world suicide report.  According to the report’s interactive world map, Morocco shows 3.6 female suicide deaths per 100,000 people. The kingdom has the highest female suicide rate in North Africa. In 2016, Morocco recorded 1,014 suicides, of which 613 are women. 
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Fatiha Amrani: The High-School Dropout Defying Expectations in Morocco

Fatiha Amrani, born in the Middle Atlas Mountains, had a future laid out for her: Marriage. However, her determination led her to become an Amazigh carpet-weaver.

By Ali Hamdane - Ali Hamdane is a teacher of English in Aoufous village, Errachidia province, and he is researching educational psychology. Sep 7, 2019

Twenty-seven-year-old Fatiha Amrani dropped out of school at 16 to pursue art of Amazigh (Berber) weaving, making use of her childhood hobby and skills. Fatiha, who was raised in the patriarchal society of the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, has set out on her own career of carpet-weaving. Although she attended school in a remote village in the Middle Atlas Mountains near Aoumana village, Khenifra province, she picked up her artistic skills while watching her mother weaving Amazigh carpets. “Hurrying on my way home from school, carrying a heavy school bag on my fragile back while walking in plastic sandals, my mind and heart were obsessed with weaving,” Fatiha said.

What are the Top Destinations When Visiting Morocco?

Jacob Maslow  Sep 12, 2019

I’ve been surprised with a trip to North Africa, and we’re planning on spending most of our time in Morocco. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful pictures of the country from forests to mountains and exotic gardens.Do the experts have any recommendations on where in the country is a must-visit?

Morocco is a country with a balanced mix of geographical features. This beautiful nation is covered by lush forests and mountains from the north to the center and has dry deserts in the southern parts. That means it has everything that a nature explorer will love and travellers consistently choose Morocco vacations as one of their top travel destinations. The country also has a rare culture and lifestyle and its people are known for being warm-hearted and welcoming. This gives the country a truly unique identity including a rich history of civilization and landscape that visitors can’t ignore, with a plethora of tourist destinations as well that are well worth exploring. If you are planning to take a trip to Morocco though, the sheer number of options available can make it a tough choice when deciding which places to visit and spend your holidays.Tinghir

Tinghir is a beautiful city and the capital of the Tinghir province of Morocco. Located between the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert, the city receives special attention from those who like to be in classic era surroundings, beautiful gardens, and small villages with narrow streets.
The city also offers sights such as the 18th-century Glaoui Palace ruins situated on the hills. Weather is generally hot in the summer while cold and dry during the winter. If you are comfortable in both seasons this is one of the best Morocco vacations spots to visit.

Essaouira (Mogador) is a resort and port city situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It’s also known as a favorite destination for many celebrities, for example legends like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley often frequented this beautiful seashore town.
Game of Thrones – Season Three was shot here, so it’s really a top destination to visit for fans of the series.

A row over teaching in French has reopened old wounds in Morocco

Some politicians want teachers only to use Arabic

FRANTZ FANON, a great theorist of colonialism, wrote that “every colonised people...finds itself face to face with the language of the civilising nation.” This confrontation can persist years after independence. Just ask Morocco. Some in the former French colony are up in arms over a law reintroducing French as a language of instruction in schools. It is a return “to the language of the coloniser”, said Abdelilah Benkirane, a former prime minister.

Disabled People Now Able to Swim on Floating Chairs in Morocco

 September 10th, 2019

A row of wheelchairs floats on the water in a beach in the northern Moroccan city of Tangier, awaiting the arrival of disabled visitors wishing to swim in the sea. Alongside the chairs, a team of volunteers is waiting to drive wheelchairs on a ramp designed to help people with disabilities move in and out of water. These equipment and volunteers on the Dalia beach are part of an initiative aimed at supporting people with special needs who want to swim. Once in the water, the wheelchair floats, and the volunteers surround swimmers to maintain their safety……………..
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Report: Expanding Social Disparities, Unequal Wealth Redistribution Killing Morocco’s Public Schools

A dysfunctional, poorly funded educational system, the report found, dampens social mobility and “sustains social disparities.”

By Tamba François Koundouno - Aug 30, 2019 Rabat

A new, government-sponsored report has established that expanding social disparities and pointed income inequality constitute the main factors of the failure of Morocco’s public schools as well as the deepening gap between rich and poverty-stricken Moroccans. The report, ran under the supervision of Omar Azziman, the president of Morocco’s Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (CSEFRS), is a damning statement on the current state of Moroccan public schools. While it does offer a glimmer of hope about what can be done to reverse the bleak realities it describes, the report is adamant that the present situation is “highly concerning” for Morocco’s educational system………………
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The ‘Green Morocco’ Plan Strengthens Localized Irrigation

The “Green Morocco” Plan just reached another goal, that of strengthening localized irrigation, one of the three major components of its Irrigation Strategy.

By - Kawtar Ennaji is a journalist and translator at Morocco World News, MA holder from King Fahd School of Translation Aug 21, 2019 Rabat

The “Green Morocco” Plan (PMV), the infrastructure program for Morocco’s primary sector, agriculture, has already reached the majority of the objectives set by the government for completion before 2020. In 2016, the plan exceeded a million hectares of land planted with olive trees. By the end of 2018, it achieved several other objectives such as the production of cereals and fruit trees. The summer of 2019 marked a new achievement, the strengthening of localized irrigation. This objective is one of the three major components of the Irrigation Strategy developed in the framework of the PMV, alongside the promotion of public-private partnerships and the extension of irrigated areas………….
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Friday Couscous: Morocco’s Most Valued Tradition

As the unofficial symbol of Morocco, couscous is a traditional dish that transcends barriers of class and ethnicity, uniting the country around a mouth-watering pile of grains and vegetables every Friday.


Couscous is also a traditional meal in Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Libya, and North African Jews also brought the dish to Israel. Throughout Europe and North America, instant couscous, which is pre-steamed and dried, has found widespread popularity as a healthier alternative to rice and pasta.  While the origins of the dish are disputed, most sources point to the Imazighen, who are the indigenous people of North Africa. After Islam reached the Maghreb in the 7th century, eating couscous after Friday midday prayers gradually became an authentic Moroccan tradition. Couscous has been a staple in the North African diet for centuries, and remains so today.   
The various “couscous wars” over the true genesis of the dish point to the importance of couscous in the national heritage of the Maghreb and beyond. Most notably, Morocco and Algeria tend to quarrel for recognition of ownership over the dish. ……………..
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Marilen Tantoco’s Morocco

As Rustan’s holds its 2nd Moroccan festival, she says, ‘This buying trip was more personal for me. It was like shopping for myself, my taste’

By: Cheche V. Moral     Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:10 AM August 16, 2019

Morocco is a country very dear to her family’s heart, one they called home for decades—so dear that Marilen Tantoco let out a girlish laugh when we asked what she remembered most about living there as a young woman and, later, as a young mom to her two boys. Her mother, the late Rustan’s cofounder, Gliceria Tantoco, was a good friend of the late king of Morocco. “Oh, there wasn’t much to see back in the day,” she deadpanned. “There was no infrastructure. It took us three hours to get to Casablanca instead of the one hour it takes today. But so much has changed. There’s never enough time whenever I visit.”……………..
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10 Good Reasons to Visit Morocco

If Morocco isn’t on your bucket list yet, here’s why it should be.

By Morgan Hekking - Aug 24, 2019 Rabat

Plenty of people around the world have added Morocco to their list of dream destinations. Tons of other people can’t even locate it on a map–and don’t care to. For the people in between, who are on the fence about whether or not they should venture into the unfamiliar terrain of North Africa, here are ten reasons to visit Morocco. 

Security: The primary concern for many globetrotters is the assurance of safety in a given country.  Morocco is often referred to as “a good house in a bad neighborhood.” I personally would not recommend referring to the continent of Africa as a bad neighborhood, but perhaps the saying brings you some comfort. The primary takeaway is that Morocco is very safe for travelers.  The greatest threats tourists will face in Morocco are scammers, catcallers, and the occasional petty thief. Rumors of dangerous anti-Western sentiment have little basis. To my fellow women: no, you will not be stoned to death for revealing your shoulders or holding hands with someone of the opposite sex. And no, you don’t have to wear a hijab. 
Tourists should follow the safety precautions they would take in any other country: keep your valuables where you can feel them, and don’t walk through busy areas with priceless goods in tow. If you tend to be a nervous or stressed traveler, there are dozens of top-rated travel agencies that will arrange your transportation, accommodation, and guides. ########################################

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