By Sara El Bekri
By Sara El Bekri
Casablanca – Bribery in Morocco is experienced, seen or heard of on a daily basis. We know it is wrong but we never really try to put an end to it.
We rather turn our eyes away from this terrible phenomenon that keeps destroying our social life. We pretend not to see it and we just let it happen.
I find it extremely saddening that a citizen is usually unable to get any service that is supposed to be his right without having to give bribery. In fact, it has become the norm to pay some ‘extra’ money to get any papers done in Moroccan administrations. In public hospitals also, even the supposedly free services are not so free. Patients often find themselves in the obligation of bribing the staff in order to receive the health-care services they need.
I also speak of that police officer, who seems to me as if he only got the job for the sake of enjoying being constantly bribed.What about those parents who buy their children diplomas? Yes, they do. How shameful it is to buy a baccalaureate certificate for someone who never even goes to school? However, incompetent as he is, he will still be able to bribe his way up to the best jobs and positions.
As a result of this phenomenon, the rich citizen is made king. He is allowed everything and there is almost no single thing he cannot do or obtain for he is able to pay his way to getting all he needs. Isn’t it unfair to stand in a queue for so long, respectively waiting for your turn and have someone skip that long line of people and go first? How does it feel to know that no matter how hard you work to get all those degrees, there will be someone who would bribe and take that job you so wish for?
I realize that I am not saying anything new about the reality of bribery in our country, nor am I providing you with any clear solution to the issue. I also recognize the difficulty in trying to fight the phenomenon. However, I am convinced that we can all agree that it is not impossible to do so. Change cannot happen overnight, but we can at least try and persevere and each one of us must do his part.
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