Morocco’s Children of the Moon Suffer in the Dark of Poor Health Care


This article was published by Global Health Hub on June 25, 2014.

MOROCCO – Mounir Yakdone died at 7 years old in pursuit of an education. His parents warned that the walk to school would continue to kill him, but the one-eyed boy painted with skin tumors felt he had nothing to lose.

Nozha Chkoundi and Mohammed Yakdone had taken their son Mounir to a public hospital in Casablanca when he was 3 years old. They were concerned about the freckles that multiplied on his skin with each passing day.

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Alumni Update: Karis Hustad

I am happy to say, I have been chosen as a Fellow! So I will be headed to Hyderabad in July. Really thrilled for this opportunity. When I say I would not be here without your influence, I mean it. The Morocco program really pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best way and made me realize how important it is to empower young storytellers and local journalists, which is what I’ll be doing with this fellowship. And without that clip, I wouldn’t have made it to the Monitor, which has opened up so many possibilities.

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Alumni Update: Jacob Axelrad

I’ll be working in the Innovations department for The Christian Science Monitor this summer, which means I’ll be reporting mainly on new innovations and trends in technology and how that plays out around the world. However, I plan on trying my hands at many different kinds of stories while I’m at the Monitor.

On a separate note, I’ve received a student fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do some more international journalism, which I’ll do in the fall after my summer internship concludes. After consulting with Maddy Crowell, I’ve decided to go to Ghana and plan on staying there as long as I can in order to sufficiently report my stories (the Pulitzer Center requires a series of articles, a photo slideshow, and a video documentary as part of the assignment).

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Do Human Evolution and Islam Conflict in the Classroom?


This article was published on April 01, 2014 by Al Fanar Media, an online publication that covers higher education in the Arab world. It was presented there under an agreement with The Chronicle

Rabat, Morocco—Hanging outside of Professor Touria Benazzour’s office is a cut out of a magazine portrait of Charles Darwin.

Benazzour put it up when she began teaching human evolution 25 years ago, one of the first professors to introduce the sensitive and controversial topic in a Moroccan classroom. Today, Benazzour teaches in the Master’s degree program at Mohammad V University, the capital’s oldest higher-education public institution.

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