Rabat - Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played a prostitute in the Cannes hit Much Loved, has published an open letter on Thursday on Le Monde, explaining why she left Morocco for France.
Rabat – Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played a prostitute in the Cannes hit Much Loved, has published an open letter on Thursday on Le Monde, explaining why she left Morocco for France.
Loubna Abidar, 30, claims she was ‘received with laughter’ after trying to report an attack by unknown knife-wielding assailants at Casablanca’s main police station.
“The doctors to whom I went for help and the police officers at the station laughed at me. I felt incredibly alone… [until] a cosmetic surgeon agreed to save my face,” she wrote in an open letter headlined “Why I Left Morocco.”
Abidar, who left Morocco for France for allegedly being beaten by three unknown young men last week in Casablanca, went on to claim that she has been insulted because she is a “free woman.”
“They insulted me because I am a free woman. There is a proportion of the population in Morocco who are threatened by free women, by gays, by the desire for things to change,” she explained.
Abidar, who has a young daughter, said she had been abducted and savagely beaten for helping shed a light on an issue that is taboo in the country.
Last Sunday, Abidar posted a new selfie in which she wore dark glasses, along with the caption: “Left Morocco, in France.” French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that the actress had taken “the first plane to France” for “security reasons”.
“This is my country, I love it. I have my life and a daughter there… I don’t want to live in fear anymore,’’ the actress concluded.
Much Loved, which is credited with exposing the thriving sex industry in Morocco, was banned by the government shortly after its screening at the Cannes film festival last May.
Minister of communication Mustapha El Khalfi said at the time that the film “undermines the moral values and dignity of Moroccan women, and is a flagrant attack on the Kingdom’s image.”