Amazigh people

Pastoral nomads in Morocco envision changes

North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic populations of the high steppe plateaus, is in decline. Faced with limited pastures due to overexploitation and drought, pastoral nomads favor more sedentary farming methods such as growing fruit or nut trees and crops. Nonprofit development organizations in the …

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How Moroccans reacted to normalization with Israel

Thu 24 Dec 2020 How Moroccans reacted to normalization with Israel Source MENA through Zineb Riboua Unidentified Moroccan and Israeli officials sign memoranda of understanding during a visit by Israeli emissaries to Rabat, Morocco, December 22, 2020. Photo taken on December 22, 2020. REUTERS / Shereen Talaat “I was born …

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The faded pride of Amazigh tattoos

For the indigenous Amazighs of Africa, body art was more than just pictures. They have been a decisive, almost poetic social marker for centuries. Berber woman wearing ethnic jewelry, Kairouan, Kairouan (Al Qayrawan) governorate, Tunisia. (DeAgostini / Getty Images) For many native North Africans, the nuances of nostalgia take on …

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The state of Amazigh culture in Algeria and Morocco

Originally from North Africa, the Amazigh people, sometimes known as Berbers, have spent decades fighting for cultural recognition in the predominantly Arab region. For years, Amazigh activists have engaged in a battle against oppressive policies while trying to promote measures that would help preserve Amazigh identity. Despite recent successes, however, …

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Poverty among Berber families in Morocco

SEATTLE – From 2001 to 2014, Morocco’s per capita consumption increased to 3.3%, leading to a decline in monetary poverty and vulnerability to 4.8 and 12.5%. Despite these improvements, rural areas in Morocco still experience a higher level of subjective poverty. In 2014, the rural poverty rate in Morocco increased …

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Meet the warrior queen who fought the Arabs – OZY

A fearless warrior woman, Dihya briefly prevented Arab invaders from sweeping through North Africa in the 7th century. Tall and powerful, the outnumbered general woman named Dihya performed a final act of stubborn defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland in northwest Africa. Far from the stereotype of a …

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