Rabat - The tragedy of Essaouira on 19 November left at least 15 women dead and five injured, in a food aid stampede in the weekly market of Sidi Boulaalam, south of Morocco. Moroccan human rights activists and analysts unanimously think that Morocco needs a new development approach. This disaster highlights the suffering of people from the current drought in Morocco and from the rise in the prices of basic foodstuffs, at a time of skyrocketing unemployment, and of an unprecedented stagnation of wages and incomes.

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Moha Ennaji is an author and international consultant.