Desperation in Morocco

Friday , November 12, 2004

Commentary by Steve Harrigan for FOX Fan Central


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Nov. 11, 2004 12:23 PM

Back from a lot of driving through Morocco. If you look on a map you can see how close the tip of Spain is to the tip of Morocco. Just nine miles of ocean separates Africa from Europe, across the Strait of Gibraltar, a common route for illegal immigrants. Out of desperation some will try to make it across the rough currents on anything that floats — tiny fishing boats, even jet skis. They pay smugglers about a thousand dollars a head to take the chance. A lot of them don't make it.

We went to a village where 75 people died last month. A good chunk of the village was wiped out. I saw something I had never seen before. We found a man who had lost 21 family members and went back with him to his home. When we got out and started walking towards the villagers they all started crying. They just stood there, women, some with children on their backs, and

The desperation of such people poses a clear danger for Spain and Europe. Several of the 3/11 train bombers in Spain were from Morocco. Spain is trying to build up security along its coast to keep the smugglers out, but so far they have only shifted the problem to other areas.

After we left the desperate village we headed back into town for lunch, which is not easy to find during the holy month of Ramadan, when most people fast during the day. We had pizzas with seafood on top by a hotel pool.

Within half an hour we went from people who had nothing to eating poolside.

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