Cleaning Casablanca: Morocco tries to...

Cleaning Casablanca: Morocco tries to erase slums

There are 19 comments on the The Associated Press story from Apr 18, 2009, titled Cleaning Casablanca: Morocco tries to erase slums . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

This seaside city is known as a rich stockpile of art deco architecture, the hub of Morocco's economic growth and the setting of an all-time classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

But Casablanca is also the capital of a bleaker aspect of modern Morocco _ sprawling slums, where huge families are packed into shanties with tin roofs rusted by the ocean winds, and goats and donkeys munch stray garbage.

'It's as if we're eating straight from the gutter,' said Mina Abujaman, 48, describing the squalor.

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ella

Mechanicsburg, PA

#1 Apr 18, 2009
this sounds really sad. we are over here living in houses and they are over there in slumbs.
ROBERT

Mechanicsburg, PA

#3 Apr 18, 2009
hi!
MaxWax

London, UK

#6 Apr 18, 2009
where is Kathy-Arizona?i hope she has a job by now (lol)
Gimme a Break

United States

#7 Apr 20, 2009
What is even more heartbreaking, is when you SEE these slums first hand. I was in Morocco a year ago, and we drove by Sidi Moumen. It is more....deplorable than you can imagine. The roofs are so low, I'm sure many men cannot stand up straight inside the "house".

And "deplorable" is just the best word I can find to describe it that others may understand. There truly are no words for what you see, and to imagine having to live like that would horrify most if not all Westerners.

We should never point fingers and blame others for being angry, acting as if they should be GRATEFUL, until we are forced to see what they endure each and every day of their lives.
Relevance

Chico, CA

#8 Apr 20, 2009
Gimme a Break wrote:
What is even more heartbreaking, is when you SEE these slums first hand. I was in Morocco a year ago, and we drove by Sidi Moumen. It is more....deplorable than you can imagine. The roofs are so low, I'm sure many men cannot stand up straight inside the "house".
And "deplorable" is just the best word I can find to describe it that others may understand. There truly are no words for what you see, and to imagine having to live like that would horrify most if not all Westerners.
We should never point fingers and blame others for being angry, acting as if they should be GRATEFUL, until we are forced to see what they endure each and every day of their lives.
Forced? What kind of silly Stalinist mind set do you have? Much of the world lives in conditions similar to Morocco, and some places in the US are little better. Certainly it is valuable for Americans to know how other live, but you think they should be forced? What nonsense. How would you like me or anyone else to force you to do anything, chump? I bet you might not take it to well.
Brenda

Bellingham, WA

#9 Apr 20, 2009
Relevance
It is true what he says. They really are forced into these conditions. I saw it with my own eyes just a few weeks ago.It's either that or get yourself out and sell your body or mug and take off with all your money in your pocket. The economy is bad and there is no place affordable for these people.Sad panda!
Relevance

Chico, CA

#10 Apr 21, 2009
Brenda wrote:
Relevance
It is true what he says. They really are forced into these conditions. I saw it with my own eyes just a few weeks ago.It's either that or get yourself out and sell your body or mug and take off with all your money in your pocket. The economy is bad and there is no place affordable for these people.Sad panda!
Evidently you completely missed the context of what I was responding to. "Gimmie A Break" posted "We should never point fingers and blame others for being angry, acting as if they should be GRATEFUL, until we are forced to see what they endure each and every day of their lives."

Hmmm, maybe you and "Gimmie A Break" should be forced to live in such conditions until you get a clue. My finger is pointing at you both.
Brenda

Bellingham, WA

#11 Apr 21, 2009
Relevance wrote:
<quoted text>
Evidently you completely missed the context of what I was responding to. "Gimmie A Break" posted "We should never point fingers and blame others for being angry, acting as if they should be GRATEFUL, until we are forced to see what they endure each and every day of their lives."
Hmmm, maybe you and "Gimmie A Break" should be forced to live in such conditions until you get a clue. My finger is pointing at you both.
OOPS!
kangajak

Indooroopilly, Australia

#12 Apr 22, 2009
casablanca could very well start by cleaning up that huge foul stenching rubbish tip that many people have to deal with...!!! It would give a few people some much needy work also....
kathy-Arizona

Bellingham, WA

#14 May 4, 2009
I see Rachid is still up to his old dirty
bad language.Yes Rachid, I have a job.
Max Wax

London, UK

#15 May 6, 2009
kathy-Arizona wrote:
I see Rachid is still up to his old dirty
bad language.Yes Rachid, I have a job.
thank God u got a job honestly i have to thank Barak Hussein Obama
Chris

Attleborough, UK

#17 May 11, 2009
Gimme a Break wrote:
What is even more heartbreaking, is when you SEE these slums first hand. I was in Morocco a year ago, and we drove by Sidi Moumen. It is more....deplorable than you can imagine. The roofs are so low, I'm sure many men cannot stand up straight inside the "house".
And "deplorable" is just the best word I can find to describe it that others may understand. There truly are no words for what you see, and to imagine having to live like that would horrify most if not all Westerners.
We should never point fingers and blame others for being angry, acting as if they should be GRATEFUL, until we are forced to see what they endure each and every day of their lives.
Nobody is forcing to live like animals, they have always done so and don't know any better.
nusty

United States

#18 May 28, 2009
my uncle died in Casablanca by some guys this passed week. And for what? they say his wife was being robbed and a bunch of guys jumped him. He fought a big fight until one coward son of moth..fu.. scum took a knife and stabbed him in the back!! One knife that killed him instantly!! What kind of animals are there in Morocco? He left his home in the USA to meet his wifes family and they sent him back in a coffin!! His blood will be avenged if it's the last thing I do. God rest your soul uncle
Lebanese girl

London, UK

#19 May 31, 2009
nusty wrote:
my uncle died in Casablanca by some guys this passed week. And for what? they say his wife was being robbed and a bunch of guys jumped him. He fought a big fight until one coward son of moth..fu.. scum took a knife and stabbed him in the back!! One knife that killed him instantly!! What kind of animals are there in Morocco? He left his home in the USA to meet his wifes family and they sent him back in a coffin!! His blood will be avenged if it's the last thing I do. God rest your soul uncle
i know why he got killed...
nusty

United States

#20 Jun 1, 2009
Lebanese girl wrote:
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i know why he got killed...
Lebanesegirl, please tell me what do you mean.
We don't know the truth yet!! We hear stories but not the truth. We are not able to sleep at nite. Please respond, please.
Kathy-Arizona

Bellingham, WA

#21 Jun 1, 2009
Yeah, tell him Lebanese girl Rachid!!
nusty

United States

#22 Jun 1, 2009
Kathy-Arizona wrote:
Yeah, tell him Lebanese girl Rachid!!
What do you mean by Rachid? I am a girl by the way. I'm a 32yr. old mother of 3 and my uncles killing is eating me up inside. This is not a joke. Please tell me what you mean by Rachid.
Thankyou, Nusy
nusty

Hurleyville, NY

#23 Jun 12, 2009
nusty wrote:
<quoted text>
What do you mean by Rachid? I am a girl by the way. I'm a 32yr. old mother of 3 and my uncles killing is eating me up inside. This is not a joke. Please tell me what you mean by Rachid.
Thankyou, Nusy
I guess this whole discussion was just a joke. People just want a chance to talk crap instead of the truth. My uncle should be a lesson that no matter where you are in the world you don't know when your day will come. Those that did this to my uncle will have their day if not on this earth but after. I apologize that I ever commented on this site I guess it was a way for me to let what I had inside.
Chris

London, UK

#24 Jun 17, 2009
nusty wrote:
my uncle died in Casablanca by some guys this passed week. And for what? they say his wife was being robbed and a bunch of guys jumped him. He fought a big fight until one coward son of moth..fu.. scum took a knife and stabbed him in the back!! One knife that killed him instantly!! What kind of animals are there in Morocco? He left his home in the USA to meet his wifes family and they sent him back in a coffin!! His blood will be avenged if it's the last thing I do. God rest your soul uncle
May he rest in peace.

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