I have a lot to say about my trip. First, I came back yesterday instead of tomorrow. Everything was fine, I only got sick once. But I reconsidered the work I would need to do before leaving for Spain and decided I would need few more days in Rabat.
More stories, photographs, and explanations to come, but for now just portraits of the people I spent the week with, a rural farming community living beside the Sebou River.
Fatima, Soukaina's mother. Baking bread
Ahmed, Soukaina's father.
None of these girls are in school.
bringing us some oranges
Amin (A nickname of the prophet Mohamed meaning "the Trustworthy
Girl on the bus to Sidi Kacem. 2 days before Aid
Some of the group of kids. They knocked on all the doors of the village, singing about the sheep to be killed the next day. Each household takes a handful and gives a handful of grains for the sheep
Soukaina's Uncle. It was his idea to pose like this
The shopkeeper's daughter. The main road to the village
Karima and her daughter, getting their daily supply of water from the only faucet in the area. The rest was from wells.
Our first visitors on Aid.
An uncle. His turban is berber style, common in the rural areas but hardly ever seen in the city.
Reminds me of Grant Wood's "American Gothic"
An Aunt. This facial tattooing was common the the older generation, but is no longer practiced.
In their "Aid outfits"
A neighbor. I love her tattoos. Her husband was very ill.
Soukaina's mother Fatima again. Those 2 blue tubs held the household's water
Najima, Malik's mother. On Aid, just before roasting the sheep's head. She is an interesting case study.
Ahmed, the father
The brothers: Rachid, Fouid, and Moustapha
Soukaina's family, minus her older sister who was married at 17
Mother and daughter
Soukaina in her Full Contact uniform. Her brothers paid for her to take self defense classes before she left for college to live away from home for the first time.
The family was loving and did their best to make me feel welcomed. By the end of the week they were calling me their sister and daughter. I will post some pictures from the Aid bloodbath soon and hopefully write up some tales.