By Jamal Elabiad
By Jamal Elabiad
Morocco World News
Zagora, July 1, 2012
Sometimes, many questions come to my mind when I catch sight of some strange incidents or behaviors. One of those questions is why Moroccans prefer to solve their problems individually? In other words, why don’t they think there are other Moroccans who suffer from the same problems as they do, and who can help them find permanent solutions to their problems?
Yesterday morning, I was at the café drinking my cup of tea when I saw a person riding a motorbike whose back seat was filled with five-liter bottles of potable water. I can say with confidence that he is not the only person in Zagora who has tried individually to put an end to his suffering with the salt water the National Agency of Drinking Water provides citizens with.
A great number of people in Zagora go everyday to some villages around the city either by motorbikes or cars to bring fresh water from their wells. The reason is that the water provided by National Agency of Drinking Water tastes salty and is rumored to cause kidney disease, as well as other health problems.
Selling fresh water has become a source of making money in Zagora, a South-eastern Moroccan city. There are currently many street vendors who sell fresh water to those who are unable to fetch it from faraway villages in the city. However, those street vendors not only make money through selling fresh water to citizens, but they also solve the problem of salt water on behalf of the agency of drinking water.
Needless to say, individualists exist not only in Zagora, but everywhere in Morocco. Seldom do they try to coordinate with those who go through the same social problems in order to find radical solutions to them. That means they rarely use “we” rather than “I” when trying to find solutions to their problems. There are many reasons behind that. One is that they think they are the only ones facing, for instance, the problem of salt water.
One of the questions you might have asked is what those people should do together to fix their common problems. One of the answers is to protest. It’s through protest that Moroccans have solved many of their social ills. Think, for instance, of how many social problems have been fixed immediately after Moroccans decided to protest in masse on February 20, 2011.
The issue of salt water in Zagora hasn’t been solved yet for several obvious reasons. One of them is that only very few people participate in the protests against the many problems people in Zagora have been suffering from for ages, including salt water.
I am quite sure that those in charge of the National Agency of Drinking Water would have done their utmost to provide citizens with potable water if almost all people in Zagora had taken to the street to protest against the lack of fresh water instead of buying it or bring it from faraway wells around the city.