Name: Mohammed Ben Youness
From: Galesburg, IL
Addicted Or Controlled?
Mohammed Ben Youness
Addicted or Controlled?
For someone who grew up in low developed country like Morocco, addiction can be your only choice to not think about the future, think critically about the society, or even participate in the country’s economic progress.
Morocco is really a beautiful country with over 38 million population, opened to two seas: the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Morocco is the leading country regarding tourism, fish production, agriculture, and the world’s largest producer of phosphate. Unfortunately, none of these is visible in the country’s development. The unemployment rate is 9.02 in 2019 despite the many investors and manufacturers who recently moved to Morocco due to its safe environment. However, the young population is suffering from loss of life because the negligence that the government is giving to this important segment of the country. Morocco is a demographically young country with 27% of its population under the age of 15, 18% between the ages of 15 and 24, 42% between 25 and 54 years old, 7% between the ages of 55 and 64 and just 6% 65 years and older. This means that more than 60% of the population is a workforce that the country is not using efficiently.
Every year, thousands of Moroccans are risking their lives illegally to enter to Europe for a better life. Personally, I have seen people hiding in large ships engines, over 70 people in a zodiac – that can barely hold 10 people – are escaping through the Mediterranean to Europe illegally. Sometimes, you can see a family escaping all together including their children. Some of them make to the other side, and some of them die in the middle of the ocean. And the problem is, the government know all this and is not taking any initiative to help this segment of the society build their life internally and gain their trust.
Given all these factors, do you think addiction is an option? Absolutely not, most young people stay addicted and they know it. They just do not want to think about it for one second. More than two thirds of Moroccans do not vote just because they stopped believing in the government. And we never had elections issues because everything is already setup.
When I grew up and saw all these factors and circumstances, I realized that the government wants people to stay addicted all time, so they can manipulate them as they wish, and thus CONTROL them. People in Morocco are not given the choice to stay away from drugs, so only the wise and brave can survive this said control and build their future as they want it to be. And I am one of them.