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Washington / Morocco Board News Service - "These are rip-off prices not air fares”, a sentence that is repeated by many Moroccan Americans these days, and the reason is the "fire" that broke out in the prices of airline tickets from United States to Morocco.
This summer, round trip Tickets to Morocco are priced at around $2,000.00 per person. "A person with two kids and a spouse needs more than $8,000 dollars just to reach Casablanca, How much more does s/he need for a car rental? Presents & tips for the family, and other trip expenses ?" said one Moroccan Immigrant.
These questions are common on various Facebook pages of the large Moroccan American Community these days.
Community members are venting their anger at the airline that claims to be a “national carrier” and they express their outrage at Royal Air Maroc and they are holding it responsible for depriving their children from visiting their country of origin, from a chance to learn the Moroccan language and their religious customs and from renewing their relationship with a country that they hear about from their parents, but they are asked nevertheless to love it , to be proud of originating from it and also to serve it when the opportunity arises.
A Moroccan American wrote "Royal Air Maroc denies our children to identify with their country of origin and deprives Morocco of a priceless treasure which is the younger generations that rise in America today and learn in its schools and practice its methods and can serve Morocco in the future ... don’t you think that there will be a Moroccan American Obama or a Moroccan American Sonia Sotomayor in the future? "
Popular anger here in America towards Royal Air Maroc is renewed every summer and every month of Ramadan and on eids, occasions for which Moroccan immigrants are ready to cross the Atlantic to share their joy with their parents and loved ones in Morocco.
The Anger this year is doubled because of the economic crisis that is faced by many, and because the month of Ramadan that is taking place during the summer season. The Airline is apparently ignoring that Moroccan children need a yearly dose of their grandparents love and the warmth of their extended family, relationships that have been fading in the United States because of a culture of individualism, and that they often require a yearly dose of their annual national Moroccan dishes, of hearing its national anathema, of getting to know the king of the country, … and a host of other things necessary for them to keep their relationship with their country of origin.
The Wrath of Moroccan immigrants for Royal Air Maroc, this year, is mixed with a sense of pain and alienation because of a “national” company that is setting fire to their pockets and of making them feel as though that they are riding “bus No. 11” in the city of Rabat, when they are lucky enough to afford the trip to Morocco and of causing disconnection in ties of kinship with loved ones in Morocco and of depriving their children of the joy of travel into the arms of a country whose colors and geographical location they know but are unable to speak its language and ignore much about its history, customs and traditions, they are denied the opportunity to look at faces similar to theirs, depriving them of belonging to a country that lives in the hearts their parents , robing them of the tales of their grandmothers and the sweet joy of all night celebrations...
this year they are raising their palms to the sky with tears in their eyes and a lump in their chest
" Oh God! may you punish them for what they are doing to us and to our children !!"