Saturday, January 27, 2007

This reminds us that it could have been worse. By all appearances this pile of shoes is the detritus of whole families that perished in the flame...

A pile of rubble where I used to do all my clothes shopping. The fellows on the mount are having a town meeting in which they decide to continue selling in order to put pressure on the authorities to help them reclaim the land and get more permanent shops. The fire meant 600 people lost their jobs and more than hundreds of others directly affected who depend on these wholesale dealers for a part of their merchandise.

This is where the clothing section of Casa Barata used to be. Tuesday night there was a fire at about 10:30 at night and the entire second-hand clothing souk burned down. Almost everyone is saying it was done on purpose by the people/person who owns the land (even the story of who owns the land differs from person to person.) My friend Mohamed, who is a merchant at the market, says he lost 10000DH worth of merchandise, the equivalent of $1,000.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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