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Adnane Ben.
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They burnt themselves.. Come'on!
12:48:14 AM Friday Dec 16, 2005


How can someone reach the degree of burning himself/herself in purpose ? regardless of the inner tension the person must have felt as triggered by the motive, the idea seems outrageous to me. They are ultimately attempting to end their lives! I don't know why, and I want to know.
The article mentions that these folks grew so frustrated after reaching a deadlock with officials. I've been there, with a certain Shawesh though, but maybe mine was a much milder one. Nonetheless, can frustration with the government officials, coupled with one's struggle to cope with unemployment, with career halt, lead to suicide? and in public? and by burning oneself? collectively ? Maybe. It depends. And then again, it depends on the mood of the day. Could it be that these folks are looking for jobs in a sector probably considered the most comatose? The health sector. In fact, maybe Morocco is saturated when it comes to doctors, dentists, pharmacists, clinics, hospitals. Plus, there is not enough money to pay everyone. Morocco is a poor country after all. So anyways, I am puzzled at the situation of ever increasing unemployment rate in Morocco. On one hand, we hear things are getting better and the infrastructure is getting stronger. All signs of a call for job fillers. And then you read this news and it nullifies the whole Bullshit about infrastructure, jobs, new Morocco and progress.


Morocco : Twenty jobless burn themselves alive in Rabat

Friday, 16 December 2005, 2 hours, 9 minutes and 54 seconds ago.

By andnetwork .com

A total of 20 members of the National Independent Group of Unemployed, holding royal letters, have attempted Thursday to commit a collective self-burning, before the Ministry of Health in Rabat.

The 20 members were taken hastily to Ibn Sina hospital to be treated.

Doctors said that five members, aged between 25 and 41, sustained burns of the third degree, and that at least one of them is very seriously injured.

A close source to the group said that they have decided to burn themselves alive, as they notified the public opinion in a previous release, as their meeting with some officials on Wednesday reached a deadlock.

A.N.D Africa
Source : Morocco Times


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11:49 am    December 16, 2005

Rasta Gnawi message
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Put yourselfin the shoes of the government. What can it do for these people? Employment goes up when enterpreneurs and capital owners are willing to invest money. In the absence of that, the governemnt would step in, increrase its own expenditures, driving up its fiscal deficit, in order to nudge the economy into recovery. Seems like basic ecnomics. But what if the government has no money and has limited power to raise money through either internal borrowing, taxation, or external borrowing? It will resort to raising capital by selling its own enterprises. This will at least put these companies in the hands of investors who are willing to grow them for a profit, hopefully gaining another source of tax revenues. What if it runs out of companies that can be sold? Investors don't want to spend money because they are worried about their capital; consumers are not willing to spend money because they are worried about their savings; the government is maxed out, can't borrow on the cheap and can't tax more. What can you do?

The people that burned themselves have sent a clear message. Who can help? The government is restrained by its own lack of financing ability. Investors need a legal environment that will protect them. Corruption often is a big a risk in investors' mind, and if they can't be compensated in advance for that risk, they won't take it.

So, change the legal system such that it protects capital owners from the government. Before you do that, by the way, don't even try to ask who got their money from where. Just start fresh; amnesty for everyone. Some will get screwed; it's the price society pays for lacking a good justice system. Give investors a chance to win a return on their investments, 7, 10, 15%, whatever will make them happy. But also give them performance benchmarks otherwise they lose their privileged status. Reallocate land. Change land ownership to favor smaller owners and provide them with reasonable financial and business resources. Break the unions...

The list of recommendation is very long and one can find it in any development economics book. But at the heart of all of these recommendations is an educated and civilized society. You can't have a fair business environment without it and you can have economic and employment growth without it.

In the absence of all of the above, turn the country over to the military. Abolish public property. Have centralized economic planning. And write people checks for being alive.

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10:08 am    December 16, 2005
arabie
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Please forgive me if I state the obvious here. I will not judge these people, as I cannot become a hypocrite and pretend that I know how they might feel. What I will do is share how I this act affects me personally, and yes screw what the world thinks of it. Who cares how this looks to others, I care more about the message, which should not go in vain.
As I was reading this article, a huge blanket of sadness settled over my shoulders and stretched to everything else surrounding me. The thought, the feeling that life can suddenly get so low and humiliate me to the point of wanting, needing to burn my body alive in selfless act, only to raise awareness and red flags in the air, so that others do not have to relive my experience, or people like me write about it in Blogs like this. This to me my friends is extreme human cruelty mixed up with extreme human nobility. .... I am truly finding myself unworthy to speak of these people. What they have displayed is a chokingly courageous and bold statement to the populous. WE ARE HERE BUT RATHER DIE IN FLAMES. What a shame that we would let our youth reach such desperation. The government can only do so much, that well understood. However, all Moroccans have a civic duty, by which they must abide to help in all shapes and forms our growing economy. We to move gears and create a sense of urgency, we need the right ideas implemented and maximum efficiency at work.

Our youth is dying; everyday they choose their poison. At times they choose to drown in darkness hoping to reach a brighter day in Europe, times they choose to be human bomb-delivery systems, times they choose kill there brains in hope of forgetting horrors of life, and this time they chose to go in flames, flames that cannot be put to rest even if the entire country mourns and pours tears for months.

We owe it to our country and countrymen, we owe it to these people to set goals for ourselves to go back home and simply help.

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9:40 am    December 16, 2005

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I wouldn't say Morocco is a poor country, but rather that the poverty we see the cha3b suffering from is a direct result of poor management and unwisely distributed resources on a massive scale. The infrastructure and development projects we see mushrooming across North African and other so-called "third-world" LDCs ironically are importing investments and labor from foreign companies and workers. Blame it on globalization if you want to, but personally I blame it on those who have ignored the tremendous human capital and potential that we have regionally and locally. European countries are struggling to combat depopulation, trying to grow their labor pool and encourage their citizens to have more children, to help their young population grow. At the same time, think to yourself how many organizations and foreign governments are telling our own countries that we are overpopulated?? We are not overpopulated. But we are neglected by our own govts. Our people are a huge resource that is completely untapped, that should be treasured, developed, and invested in like any other resource. They work hard, struggle, get degrees, but don't get jobs. They see foreigners coming from other parts of the world, from as far away as Korea and China, taking jobs that they themselves need badly. Result: disillusionment, frustration, anger. Still, trying to burn themselves is taking it too far. One would think at the very least those in charge would stop and say, hey what's going on, why are they doing this, and try to resolve the problems. but that's naive wishful thinking isnt' it. wake up 7oukoumeh! there's gold sitting at your feet and your letting the wind and sand bury it!
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