By Bouabid EL Khattab
By Bouabid EL Khattab
Morocco World News
Marrakech, January 19, 2012
Actually, 2012 has brought with it real economic, social and political challenges for the whole world. Some countries, in fact, have begun planning and working on how they can manage these challenges, whereas Morocco focused recently only on how it can make the biggest omelet in Africa (22,100 eggs and 85 L of oil). This frivolous event was widely criticized and objected to by many people, either on the internet – Facebook, Twitter, etc. – in newspapers or by those who assisted, some of whom threw rubbish into that Omelet. Yet this ridiculous event was given wide media coverage, even more than elections itself. Now, the question that should be asked: is it really the biggest omelet or big socio-economic changes that Moroccans need?
Despite the socio-economic and political changes and the sensitive period it is experiencing, Morocco tried to make the biggest omelet in history to enable it to set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Obviously it succeeded as usual. What makes it more ridiculous is the fact that we always hear about Morocco’s “achievements” like Morocco’s biggest Tajin, biggest dish of couscous and biggest Tanjiya, but never hear that Morocco invested its money for developing or making the fastest plane, the biggest ship or the biggest improvements in Moroccans’ lives.
Furthermore, this has occurred in a country where the unemployment rate reaches over 9.8 %, there is a large external debt estimated at around $20 billion, homelessness, poverty, illiteracy and a newly elected government floundering beneath the tide of the new constitutional reforms along with Moroccan’s eagerness to witness real changes in their lives. All what we need is an OMELET. This situation reminds me of a proverb, which truly depicts the situation here. It is a kind of a dialogue, between a master and a naked person, that goes:
Master: tell me what do you need, naked person?
Naked person: all what I need is a ring.
In reality, Moroccans do not need such ludicrous events like this one or the ones like the musical festival Mawazin, which cost a lot of money whereas that money can help others who are in a real need of it. Moroccans are eager for more freedom and a chance to show their potentials and live decently.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
Bouabid EL Khattab is a Morocco World News’ Contributor
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