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... a few more minutes until the bottle was full to the top. Past the top, actually. They filled it so high that it overflowed a bit, at which point one man picked it up and did something with it under the table. At first I thought he was wiping it off with some dirty cloth or something equally unsanitary. But no, when he placed it back on the table, juice free and dripping wet, it became clear that his actions were far more unsanitary. He had dipped the bottle into a bucket ...
So I'm starting another day of work here. Its really easy. I'm basically interviewing refugees to find them permanent residency and work. This place is like the end place for all refugees. The refugees all first flee to a camp and there they sign in and register and once they are registered in camp they are sent off to countries that will allow them to stay. Many countries will offer them ...
... at the Embassy to get a feel for what to expect. The queue outside the gate was quite short but the embassy was not open yet. There was nobody around to hand out application forms and touts outside were charging a pretty packet for copies of the visa application. We needed the help of other visa aspirants to decipher the French on the form. There were several SUV and camper type vehicles with French license plates outside the embassy. We approached a friendly looking ...
... was a retired military man named Ishem. He was little with thick glasses and likeable. Some of the most likeable people in the world were Moroccans selling you things.
When I'd agreed to take a room on his second floor, he invited me into his family's residence on the ground floor. His smaller kitchen, TV room, and bedrooms opened up to the main dining room. This large central opening extended upwards past ...
... In the U.S.A., when we're young, we're told we can do anything we want.
S (a girl, impressed): You're lucky.
S: In Morocco, girls aren't allowed to travel and do what they want. It's a patriarchy.
S (another girl): I disagree.
J: Is it a patriarchy?
S (mostly boys): No!
S (mostly girls): Yes.
S (in agreement): It "was" a patriarchy. Things are changing now.
S: What do you think of ...