Cleaning Up Old Wounds

The earthquake that struck northern Morocco last week killed 572 people, injured 400 and left tens of thousands homeless. It also stirred up old resentments in the Berber-speaking region against the central government in Rabat. Protests spread as survivors complained of the government's slow response to the disaster. "We are hungry and there is nothing to eat!" hundreds chanted in the Mediterranean coastal city of Al Hoceima.

Bitter over government repression and local corruption, people looted relief supplies. "I went to the town hall asking for blankets, but some people had stolen them and were selling them instead,"...

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