From Rissani we made a trip into the black desert between Erfoud and Erg Chebbi. At some places we saw nomad dwellings at the almost empty plains. We visited one of the families and were allowed to look around to get a glimpse of the hard and basic life they live.
We could have a look in the 'store house' with lots of plastic containers for fetching water, I don't know from how far. The daughter showed us the kitchen (picture 3). We saw also the weaving loom (picture 5), where they make carpets which will be sold at a cooperative shop. At the ceiling above the loom we saw dried meat and skin (picture 4). The daughter showed us also the place with the baby goats who didn't join the small herd yet.
And of course we were invited in the nomad tent (picture 2) for a nice welcome tea (picture 1).
It's very nice when you arrive in your hotel the host offers you a welcome tea. In the kasbah hotel Ennasra in Rissani we enjoyed our tea in the innercourt after our long desert trip.
The tea is usually served with different kinds of sweets, cookies and nuts. It is a lovely and comfortable start of your stay. I appreciate this kind of hospitality in Morocco very much.
This is an example of what I was talking about in the previous tip. Not all women wear veils such as these that completely cover their faces except for an eye slit, but a great many do. And every Moroccan woman that we saw in this part of the country wore at least a shawl that covered all hair and all skin below the chin.
To be fair, it does seem that King Mohammed VI is cognizant of women's rights issues and has pushed for reforms even in the face of opposition by "traditionalists". For example, it is now getting much more difficult for Moroccan men to practice polygamy. But it is obvious, even from casual observance, that life in rural Morocco remains very difficult for the women.
This is the thing that really disturbs me about Morocco. Here we see a beautiful girl. Lovely face. No question that she will grow up to be an attractive woman. But what will her fate be? If she continues to live in this rural area of Morocco, she will have to cover her face completely before she grows too much older.
I may be culturally insensitive, but I do feel that it is wrong to require one gender of the human species to walk around completely covered up while there is no such requirement for the other gender. To me, it took something away from the spectacle that was Morocco. Such an interesting history, such detailed architecture, such dramatic landscapes.....such repression of the Moroccan women.