Different corruptions in Morocco

    A man entered the Birth Registration Office and told the officer that he wants to register his newborn son. When the officer asked him about his son’s name, the man answered: “Abu Bakr.” The employee told him that it’s prohibited to have two-word names. The man then put 200 Dirhams on the birth certificate of his son. The
2015-03-29

Mohamed Benaziz

Writer and Filmmaker from Iraq


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    A man entered the Birth Registration Office and told the officer that he wants to register his newborn son. When the officer asked him about his son’s name, the man answered: “Abu Bakr.” The employee told him that it’s prohibited to have two-word names. The man then put 200 Dirhams on the birth certificate of his son. The employee asked the man with a smile: “Do you want us to call him “Abu Bakr” and add “God bless him”?
This is a traditional Moroccan joke about bribe. When you pay, you get all that you want even if it contravenes with the law. It is one of many jokes told by Moroccans to make dark satire of corruption; these jokes are not just for entertainment, they aim to exact revenge from this corrupt system. This is why people are surprised that national statistics have ignored the essential question: “How many times have you paid a bribe to attain your right?”
And if you do not believe jokes, you can check the facts.

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