Sub-Saharan African migrants in Morocco find hope in art and performance

By Robert Dozier

RABAT, Morocco – Jackie Zappa, is an artist from the Ivory Coast — one of an estimated 30 thousand migrants from Sub Saharan Africa. A painter and sculptor, Zappa says he lived in Tunisia and Algeria but his art was not appreciated in those countries.  Communities of migrant artists, musicians and performers are flourishing in Rabat and Casablanca.

“Morocco is the only place in Africa where I can improve my talent,” said Zappa.

Last year alone, more than one million people migrated to Europe, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, according to the International Organization for Migration. 

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Morocco Limits International Adoptions

A moratorium on adoptions to parents in other countries could be detrimental to the development of Morocco’s orphans. Global Post

Lydia Cheng | March 18, 2013 13:14

Ibrahim is like a lot of two-year-olds. He eats a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, goes to play groups, and “is a lovely, bright child. God has given him the gift of gab,” said his mother, an American named Hadija (not her real name, since she wishes to protect Ibrahim’s identity.)

Two years ago, Hadija, 38, and her American husband, adopted Ibrahim from Morocco and brought him to Qatar.

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‘The World Upside Down’: The Rise of Spanish Immigration to Morocco


Christian Science Monitor


By , Contributor / March 21, 2013 at 9:52 am EDT

Tangier, Morocco Marcos Martinez Bacelo does not know when he will be able to go home.It’s been six months since the 36-year-old mechanic came here from his hometown of Vigo, Spain to work as a mechanic. As he runs calloused fingers through his short black hair, peppered with gray, he lays out his circumstances: A year ago, he lost his job at an electric company in his home country. He eventually found another, but only six months later he faced a layoff at his new job. Read more