Thursday, 18 March 2021

LITTLE MOHAMMED FROM MARRAKECH


Mohammed, bottom left.

On the edge of Marrakech in Morocco, near a dusty village, I came across little Mohammed.

I bought one of the simple drawings that he was selling.

We became instant friends.

Mohammed was nine years old, black, bald headed, and had various skin complaints.

He had a happy smile.


Mohammed

Mohammed learnt that I had a stomach ache.

I learnt that Mohammed attended school, that he earned a few coins by mending bicycles for passers-by and that his father was a permanent invalid with a lung complaint.

Next day, as I passed the village, little Mohammed came running towards me, holding tight a package containg powder for my stomach - a Berber recipe. 

Mohammed, I learnt later, had begged money from his mother and had walked barefoot into town to buy the precious powder. The medicine worked.

Mohammed and some of the family.

I visited Mohammed's crowded fly-ridden home, which was beside a hot dusty quarry. 

The home had no running water, no glass in the windows and hardly any furniture. All Mohammed's brothers and sisters had bad coughs.

Mohammed gave me, as a present, his most prized possession, a small broken toy statue of the Eiffel tower.

I took Mohammed to the local free clinic to have his skin complaint examined. The nurse explained that there was nothing she could do as the problem was the crowded house with its lack of running water.

Mohammed, fourth from the left.

Mohammed took me to see this view of Marrakech.

Mohammed's village.

6 comments:

  1. Avarice

    ELON MUSK: net worth $197 billion
    JEFF BEZOS: "" $182 billion
    BILL GATES: "" $132 billion
    BERNARD ARNAULT: "" $109 billion
    MARK ZUCKERBERG: "" $95.6 billion
    WARREN BUFFET: "" $88.3 billion
    ZHONG SHANSHAN: "" $84.7 billion
    LARRY PAGE: "" $81.7 billion
    SERGEY BRIN: "" $79.1 billion
    LARRY ELLISON: "" $79.1 billion

    Are these individuals ashamed? Not a bit of it. Indeed, they want *every last penny* that that little boy will ever have in his hard life - minus the tiny sum that will allow him to 'not die' long enough to labour in their God-forsaken sweatshops and/or consume their wretched products.

    Why do millions of kids still live in poverty in 2021? There are many factors. The foremost being: AVARICE.

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  2. Is this an account of your journey to Marrakesh, Aang?

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  3. Blessings to Mohammed and mighty Africa

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  4. Yet bill and his cronies want every last penny from the western tax payers... Why?? If they pool all their money together they could prevent this happening to all African children

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  5. There is a big tragedy in the world from how the fundamentalist versions of religions have been pushed

    Was talking to a nice Filipina woman who was Shia Muslim ... she spoke of being badgered in both directions, both by people assuming things about Muslims ... and by some other Muslims who thought her family tradition was very severely the 'wrong' one

    In some ways this was unavoidable, because the 'holy books' are very rough

    The massacre just now in the USA in Georgia, the young 'Christian' man who just shot 8 people to death, seems to be a case of that, with a bit of mind-control cult tossed in ... from the web:

    "Did Bible 'Death to Prostitutes' Fuel Atlanta Spa Killings?

    Did the Jewish-Christian Bible fuel the Atlanta spa killing of 8 people, mostly female massage staff understood as sometimes doing sex work?

    Two Bible passages list death by burning alive as the penalty for prostitutes, pronounced by Judah, great-grandson of patriarch Abraham

    Alleged shooter Robert Aaron Long, age 21, was a Bible-citing member of Milton Georgia Crabapple First Baptist Church, preaching hard fundamentalism on Bible 'morality'

    Long likely considered 'God's will' to 'kill harlots' as in Genesis & Leviticus

    Long was also tormented by joining the neo-Christian '12 step' cult, demanding severe 'total abstinence' as the only way out of sex, drug & alcohol addictions, a cult with a huge failure rate, and at times accused of mind-control manipulation

    When in fact many ex-alcoholics learn to drink moderately & happily

    Long lived at 'Maverick Recovery' 12-step halfway-house in Roswell Georgia between August 2019 and January or February 2020, struggling with his 'sex addiction' he indulged at Asian 'massage' centres

    Long lived at 'Maverick Recovery' 12-step halfway-house in Roswell Georgia between August 2019 and January or February 2020, struggling with his 'sex addiction' he indulged at Asian 'massage' centres

    The Bible twice declares a death penalty for prostitution, specifically by burning to death

    Judah, great-grandson of patriarch Abraham, "was informed that his 'daughter-in-law has played the harlot' ... Judah said, 'Let her be burned!'" - Genesis 38:24

    "if she profanes herself by harlotry ... she shall be burned with fire!" - Leviticus 21:9

    Baptist church-goer Robert Aaron Long often spoke of & quoted the Bible ... did these Bible passages help make him a killer of sex-work-associated women?

    Atlanta spa killing victims:
    5 female Asian spa / massage employees, Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Soon C. Park, Yong A. Yue
    1 female spa owner, Xiaojie Tan
    1 female spa client, Delaina Ashley Yaun
    1 male maintenance employee, Paul André Michels
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56446771

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