By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, June 1, 2013
On the occasion of Morocco World News’ second anniversary, I would like to share with my friends, readers, fellow writers, journalists, teachers and all readers of MWN my experience as a contributor and correspondent for this great Moroccan English-language website.
Since I became acquainted with MWN a year and a half ago, I have written and read many articles with so much delight. It would not be exaggerating to say that without my writing experience at MWN, I would not have become what I am today.
It was in October of 2011 when I first learned of the website and in November of the same year when I first submitted an article for publication. Since then, I have been encouraged and motivated by Samir Bennis and Adnane Bennis, the founders of the influential website, to put pen to paper .They continuously motivate me to carry on writing articles, particularly about Moroccan concerns and what is happening in our country.
Prior to joining the website team, I had always wanted to make my name heard and my pieces widely read. Now, thanks to MWN, I have identified with more friends than I could have ever expected.
As regards my writing experience, I must admit that practice really makes perfect. MWN urges me to write on a daily basis. I must express my deepest gratitude to my editor-in-chief for exhorting me to impetuously plunge into writing news stories so as to catch up with other Moroccan websites and keep our readers up-to-date with what is going on in Morocco.
The number of ‘likes’ and comments my articles receive and the readers they attract gives me much pleasure and confidence to continue writing. My experience at MWN has taught me to respect and argue with those who disagree with me. It has taught me love of difference, of tolerance, of friendship and genuine communication.
In sheer frankness, words would not suffice to describe how glad I am that I have joined the most cooperative team that I have ever met. MWN team, made up of the founders and my fellow contributors and correspondents, have always stood by me and taught me many things that I did not know about journalism. We have exchanged ideas, writing experiences, feelings, and encouraging pats on the shoulder. MWN team has taught me that to move forward despite stumbling obstacles should be our motto. It has also taught me that perseverance, commitment, patience and tenacity are the key secrets to professionalism. Fortunately, according to many of our professional readers, we are pursuing the path of success.
What characterizes MWN is that it serves Moroccans in the most considerate manner possible. It gives voice to the Moroccans who have no voice. It covers the north, east, west and south of Morocco—it leaves no place uncharted. MWN has ushered Moroccans into the whole world, particularly the English-speaking one. MWN has introduced Morocco to those who did not have the slightest idea about it and has helped its readers learn a lot about Morocco, including its politics, economy and education.
As a MWN correspondent in Sidi Ifni, I seek to write about the sufferings of Moroccans. I write about them so that others can empathize with them. Just as I write about the crises gripping Morocco, I also write about the issues on which Morocco can pride itself. MWN has given voice to so many Moroccans, both inside Morocco and elsewhere.
Last but not least, I am deeply indebted to Samir Bennis and Adnane Bennis for making us part of the MWN team, for coaching us, and more importantly, for helping their fellow Moroccans feel proud of their Moroccan origins wherever they are. As a contributor for MWN, and seeing as the common denominator in my writings is giving voice to the impoverished Moroccan masses, I would like to end with a quote by Helen Keller that has left an indelible influence on me: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”. I am sure Morocco World News is here to speak on behalf of all Moroccans in order to help them overcome their suffering. Happy Birthday, my lovely Morocco World News.