We are thrilled to announce that Jad Boulaid (aka “little Badrdine”) arrived at exactly 10:00 on Saturday, November 23. This happy, healthy baby boy has black hair and brown eyes just like his dad, weighs 3.800 kg. and is 56 cm. in height.
Jad’s mom is doing great, and his dad has not slept at all!
By JACOB AXELRAD
This story was published in The Christian Science Monitor on November 30, 2013.
On the main drag in Oujda, a border city that most Moroccans have never visited, a neon sign hanging from a balcony reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”
But for thousands of migrants who wash up here, life is anything but fabulous. One of them, a Ghanian who calls himself Afro, sits in a restaurant called Mr. Smith, under the neon sign. Sipping water, he talks about life as an undocumented migrant in Morocco.
This week, we traveled to Chefchaouen which is sometimes called the blue city and also to the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Morocco’s northern coast. Despite being situated on the tip of Morocco, the walled enclave of Ceuta is controlled by Spain. Read this week’s stories for a glimpse of life in Chefchaoauen and also in Ceuta.
After I returned to chilly Chicago from balmy North Africa in January, I interned with Vocalo (a WBEZ–Chicago NPR affiliate– program focused on bringing public radio to a younger/more culturally diverse audience) and graduated in May from Loyola Chicago with a degree in journalism, minor in sociology. Over the summer I waitressed and freelanced for the Chicago Tribune and ChicagoNow, and this fall I moved to Boston where I am interning at The Christian Science Monitor full time at least until May.
I think about Morocco all the time, and I’m happy to have reunited with some of my MOJ Fall ’12 people across the country since then!