By: Paris Alston
For Morocco journalism program alumna, Samantha Harrington, it was an experience with her Moroccan journalism student partner that she says helped bridged the cultural divide.
“One day I was at a café with one of my American friends and both of our journalism partners,” she delightfully recalled. “We were supposed to be working on our independent study projects but all of a sudden, one of the Moroccan students decided we needed to open Photo Booth on our computers and start taking selfies together.”
For Harrington, it was an important moment of cross-cultural interaction.
By Brennan Weiss and Kacie Graves
KENITRA, Morocco – Fatna Yousfi, 70, dressed in pink pajamas and an unassuming headscarf, gazes down and brings her hand to her chin, collecting her thoughts as she describes her relationship with Khaidja Ibid, 67, the woman with whom she shared a husband. Both women were married to Driss Boulaid for over four decades before his death in 2009. Now, they live together in a small apartment in Kenitra.
“We’ve been living together for so long, we cannot imagine living separately,” said Ibid. “After 46 years, we can’t think of staying apart.
SBA ROUADI, MOROCCO – “My hair used to be beautiful,” Fatima Fathane laments, her wrinkled hands stroking long, wispy strawberry red locks tinged with grey as she sits on the sdader, Moroccan couch, of the one-bedroom concrete home. It’s just one more part of her life that is out of her control, one more thing taken away by years of stress and labor.
The house does not belong to Fathane, though it was built with her own money. That’s because, under Moroccan law, a house is the property of the husband.