A Scholar of Sexuality Feels “Alone in Morocco”

by Erika Riley

RABAT, Morocco — At age 21, Dr. Abdessamad Dialmy was married, living in a villa with a dog. One day, after reading the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s “La Revolution Sexuelle,” he came home and told his wife he wanted a divorce.

“We were happy, really, as spouses. But I decided to divorce, because I wanted to be revolutionary, progressive,” Dialmy said.

Nowadays, Dialmy is considered to be the “Reich of Morocco,” a pioneer of the sociology of sexuality in a conservative country. Moroccan law specifies that sex outside of marriage is illegal, and the same goes for same sex relations.

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Moroccan Science Students are Confused–Arabic, French or English?

Story by Soukaina El Ouaai 

RABAT, Morocco – Ismail Chaabi, 18, is a first year biology student at Mohammed V University. The souvenir of getting his baccalaureate degree is still fresh and so is the disappointment of not studying elsewhere, because his French and English levels aren’t good enough.

Ismail didn’t choose to go to Mohammed V University, but he got rejected from every school he applied for because they require a good foreign languages level. And since he didn’t have any other choice, it was this, or staying home.

“I don’t feel like I belong here” he said, “Many students at my University don’t care about their studies, and don’t even attend courses.

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Broken Promises: The fight to educate children with disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa

by SARAH FORD; Photos by Emma Hohenstein.

This article was published by Global Health Hub on Oct. 8, 2015. Read it HERE.

RABAT, MOROCCO – Karim Benabdeslam, 24, plays the piano, taught himself how to read the Koran and is getting a masters degree in Islamic studies. Not one of these accomplishments came easily. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) at age three, it was up to Benabdeslam’s father to help his son achieve his utmost potential.

“I work hard with him to reach this level,” says Benabdeslam.

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Morocco’s teachers battle urban-rural education divide


This article was published by Al Jazeera on Aug. 19, 2015. Read it HERE.

TAMASSINT, Morocco – Just outside a mountain town near Morocco’s coastal city of al-Hoceima, Aithmanan Primary School’s six small buildings, each painted in faded mint and cream, encircle a dirt courtyard.

Scrawled next to the entrance of one building is a quote from French author Victor Hugo: “Every child we educate is a man we gain.”

Here, Ahmed el-Allaoui, 35, teaches a class comprised of 28 students, ranging from third to sixth grade.

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Another shore: Morocco’s child migrants


This article was published in Al Jazeera on Jan. 30, 2015. Read it HERE.

Tangier, Morocco – Saber first decided that he wanted to live in Spain when he was 10 years old. Hoping for a better life on another shore, he began to think of migration and of leaving his family behind in Morocco.

Now 13, rosy-cheeked and rustling in a thin yellow windbreaker, he stands with his friends at a stone lookout nestled high in Tangier’s medina, watching the sprawling ferry port across the street.

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