In the streets of Morocco by Abdellah El Bakri, Morocco – Photo Essay –


I used to see this old man for quite sometime on my way to school, his face always occupied by his big smile and awkward joy/happiness even when he smokes cigarettes. One day, I went straight up and asked him, “sorry, sir, but aren’t you too old to smoke? You know smoking kills”. He didn’t let me finish my sentence because he already started laughing heartily out loud. I felt awkward and wanted to leave. Then, he grabs my hand and pulls me closer to him and he says, “smoking doesn’t kill, its people with anger and hate that kill and you can just take a look around you and you’ll see what I mean”.



This is a popular scene in the Moroccan streets, old retired people gathering around in some house corner, sitting all together playing cards or just gossiping about each other life or the typical gossip subjects. This happens particularly after ALAASr prayer which is after 5pm.



.An old Moroccan man going around the street with his blanket over his shoulder whenever the night finds him, he sleeps there until another day..

I only need my blanket and wherever life takes me i go…



In lower-income neighborhoods, coffee shops are very simple and tight, its where you can find all different people from different social classes exchange about different topics. Coffee shops in Morocco is a big deal, they are just like mosques or even more, and people can sit around a coffee or tea for hours and hours without getting bored.



In this part of the life (Aging), every step you take takes courage and persistence, we always try not to show our weakness or inability to be independent.



For Moroccan Muslims, religion is not at all restricted in mosques or Home, we can practice our believes in the streets and its totally normal. This man is washing his feet as a part of the WUDUAA (Ablution) that Muslims do before every prayer.


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