By ALEXANDRA HAINES
October 22, 2014
RABAT, Morocco — The early morning sun rose lazily over the towering walls of the old “medina,” or “city,” in Rabat, silhouetting the heaping bags of stale bread that decorated the labyrinthine of streets.
In a narrow alleyway, Fatima Boualam, 52, strolled to work, beaming with pride at the remnants scattered along the worn cobblestones. In her experience, these hard, discarded crusts are far from trash. Rather, they are evidence of a sacred tradition.
Boualam explained that it’s “haram,” meaning “sinful” in Arabic, to waste food – especially bread.