Being young at old Sidi Mumen, Morocco

    This street lies amidst tens of gloomy buildings in the neighborhood of New Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum which has sprung next to Old Sidi Moumen in the outskirts of Casablanca. This neighborhood is home to the terrorists accused of perpetrating the Casablanca bombings on 16 May, 2003. As cold winds fill the air on this winter afternoon, five
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Mohamed Benaziz

Moroccan journalist and filmmaker


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    This street lies amidst tens of gloomy buildings in the neighborhood of New Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum which has sprung next to Old Sidi Moumen in the outskirts of Casablanca. This neighborhood is home to the terrorists accused of perpetrating the Casablanca bombings on 16 May, 2003. As cold winds fill the air on this winter afternoon, five young men stand next to a power column after finishing their conversation about several topics. All of a sudden, a neatly-dressed young woman stops her car and heads towards the grille. One of the youngsters shouts: “These rich people are driving us crazy.” The young woman realizes that all eyes are on her and tensions and fear flare. The woman quickly returns to the car, while semi-educated and unemployed men who are deprived of resources gaze at her. At least one of these men is looking for a prey. Meanwhile, the grille employee folds the cloths and the young woman retreats a bit to check of whether the young men are still standing. She paid the bill and when she saw a police officer on a motorcycle, she began walking confidently. 
This is a sociological mine. 

 

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