Casablanca, Morocco
Date:
27/02/2000

PHOTOS
 
Rabat

Citizens flock to the Mohammed V Mausoleum.


 
Mohammed V, Hassan II and his younger brother rest here in the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat.

The guard outside the mausoleum of Mohammed V


 
Rabat

Rabat


 
Hassan Tower is the minaret of the 12th century Hassan Mosque, which was never finished.

Rabat


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
27 February 2000 - Young people aged 30 and under make up 70% of Morocco's population (same statistic in Iran). Presently 50% of the government budget is spent on government employees and another 33% on paying back debt. I wonder how long the young people will allow only 15-20% of the government budget to be invested on education, medicine, infrastructure etc. Newly crowned King Sidi Mohamed VI (born in 1963) has a tough job before him.

We passed a movie theatre today (showing ages-old 'Ronin') with about 100 male and female teenagers hanging around outside. None of the well-turned-out, young women wore scarves over their heads or caftans over their bodies. The notion that women in Morocco are forced to cover is a myth. Continuing religious customs - not a decree from the government or Islam - plays the biggest influence in the traditional dress of women. Quite often we see young females in jeans or pants walking with other young women covered from head to toe. Choices exist.

 

 
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