"The authorities have abandoned our neighbourhood"
I filmed these videos on May 16 in my neighbourhood, which is located along one of the city’s main thoroughfares. City officials usually decide to clean the streets when a famous person is visiting the city. The clean-up is very superficial. Recently they cleaned the road because King Mohammed VI was visiting. [Morocco’s king was in Casablanca on May 8 to launch “profound” reforms to the judicial system.] However, just a few metres away, still on the side of the road, there is a huge empty lot, located right next to a school, and over the past decade it has turned into a dump. No bulldozer has ever ventured that far.Every night, people come here to throw their trash and the authorities have never cared. Sometimes, it smells just awful. It’s also infested with insects; no doubt the trash attracts them. Personally, I’m afraid this might be a breeding ground for diseases. No one dares ask the government to do anything about it, and we all know they wouldn’t do anything, anyway. Our neighbourhood has been abandoned.Empty lot near the residential neighbourhood of Zkawra in Casablanca. Photos by our Observer, Younessgera.