Sorry for the late post — the Melilla story has been put on hold due to a couple of complications. In the meantime, here are some pictures of Ain Vittel, a beautiful Ifrane nature reserve replete with waterfalls, huge trees, pushy horse ride vendors and strange dolls.
Abdelillah (Abdo) Bezza and Houssam Ater are two 24-year-old college graduates from Nador. I caught up with them Saturday night at a plaza in Melilla, where they were playing guitar music and singing.
Abdo, who majored in tourism, took a break from his music and allowed me to interview him about Nador, Moroccan-Spanish border crossings and plans for the future.
Two weeks ago, a friend and fellow student on assignment from a large Italian newspaper invited me to participate in a project on sub-Saharan migrants trying to cross the Moroccan-Spanish border to Melilla, a town on the African continent belonging to Spain.
Hello! Last weekend, a journalism assignment took Gi., Gy. and me across the Moroccan border to Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African continent. We had incredible experiences but are now swamped with work related to our articles. So, until my Saturday post — which will recount part one of our border-crossing, stolen-camera, musician-kidnapping experience, please enjoy this picture of a city street in front of our hotel.
Early this morning, Frau Holle came to Ifrane and turned campus and the city into a beautiful, beautiful winter wonderland. Hope it doesn’t melt too soon.
Could you explain your philosophy on women’s rights?
As a Muslim citizen, (some Muslim) people perceive women in a very weird way. That is to say they take Islam as an excuse to make inequality between men and women. There are a few people who believe that men should be superior to women. He should be the leader, making the decisions, he should have more responsibilities in comparison with women. They believe the woman should just take care of the children, take care of the housework.
Ouiam Mallouk is a graduate student at Al Akhawayn University. Originally from Fes, Mallouk, 24, is pursuing a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa region. Recently, she and I discussed Moroccan culture, gender issues and how Islam plays into Mallouk’s ideas on women’s rights.