Alumni Spotlight: Jeanette Lam

By Lexi Reich

Unsure of which study abroad program to choose, Jeanette Lam, 21, left the decision to a coin toss. Through that chance and the SIT journalism program in Morocco, she found herself in Paris last summer working as a cinematographer and editing assistant on a feature documentary.

“France’s Children,” directed by Aida Alami, advisor to the SIT program, follows the story of an immigration activist in France, and other activists who, fueled by the desire to empower their community, reject victimhood.

“This experience was one of the most unique opportunities I’ve ever had,” Lam said.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsey Allen

by Daria Etezadi

Lindsey Allen, a senior at Santa Clara University in California, left the Morocco journalism program less than a year ago and already she’s determined to return to this country in North Africa.

Allen is applying for a Fulbright Fellowship in Morocco to work with social enterprises, similar to work  she did with an NGO in Uganda and Tanzania, providing women with economic opportunities to sell clean energy products to their friends and neighbors.

“It (the Morocco journalism program) really prepared me to expect the unexpected when you’re working in developing, emerging countries,” she said.

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Christians in Morocco: A Crisis of Faith


This article was published by U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 30, 2015. Read it HERE.

RABAT, Morocco — Mohammad, 65, remembers his first encounter with the police 30 years ago. He marks where he received the bruises, and grabs his throat to illustrate how the police strangled him with a belt. A convert to Christianity, Mohammed says he and his wife, Fatima, also a Christian, were imprisoned for 19 days because of their religion.

During his incarceration, Mohammad says he was forced to recite the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith.

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Village Life in Morocco

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SIT journalism students in Morocco have returned safely from their week-long village stay, in which students are immersed in the culture of a rural Moroccan village where they live and work with a local family, participating in the rituals of rustic Moroccan life.

Students lived for one week in Birta Village, part of Sbaa Rouadi Commune in the Boulmane region near Fez. While there, students participated in group activities, visited local NGOs, and navigated the lifestyles of their individual host families, intimating themselves with the routines, joys and travails of village life in Morocco.

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Moroccan Farmers Would Benefit From Insurance


Photographs by JP KEENAN

Rachid Lazaar, 26, needs only a steady flow of water and a small hoe to flood his entire field before the next crop is planted. He carves countless narrow valleys into the barren land to funnel the water exactly where he it needs to go, it seems more a work of art than fieldwork.

With the hottest and driest part of the year over, watering his land like this is a relief for Lazaar. Drought is a dangerous reality for small, rural farmers in Morocco and it appears he has escaped it, at least this year.

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