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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, January 21, 2008

TANGIER PRISONS

Tangier was often called an “infidel city” or “a dog of a town” by the Arabs because of all the foreigners living and holding property there. These foreigners brought electric lights and cafes even as early as 1911 when American professor, Thomas Blayney, of the Central University of Kentucky visited and reported for the National Geographic magazine (Vol 22, #8). Tangier was never officially a capital city of Morocco, but it was the site where accredited foreign representatives were housed, thus preventing the pollution of holier cities by such foreigners.

As one might expect in such a city, there was crime, and where there are criminals, there are prisons. The prison of Tangier was a pit with a door at the top and a hole in the door through which passer-bys could stop and stare. It became a regular point of interest for tourists to visit and peer into this hell hole.

The prisoners were heavily chained and none of them were fed by the government. Family and friends would supply any food or drink to the inmates, and prisoners without anyone on the outside had to weave little baskets (out of heaven knows what) to try to sell to the people walking topside. But not all crimes merited such imprisonment. Some were punished by chopping off a hand or foot, or perhaps the head.

Next time: Morocco Trivia and Tidbits

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have all of your books, but I have only just started reading "The Serpent's Daughter" & I love it. I lived in Morocco for a year & a half (Rabat, married a Fassi), which is why it's so much fun to read, but I bought your other books b/c I have an obsession with Africa & indeed teach African lit at a high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"The Serpent's Daughter" is so accurate, especially about the Berbers (though, when I was in Tunisia, I was told El Kahena was one particular Berber woman who fought against the Arab invasion).

For your future reference, one of my former relatives by marriage is a professor of linguistics at Mohamed V University. His name is Abderrahim Youssi, & he has been active in developing a Berber alphabet. Also, another relative who grew up in Casa (as did my mom whose father worked for Lyautey but was later fired for being Jewish (originally from Algeria)) is an author of cookbooks about Morocco & North Africa. Her name is Kitty Morse & she has a website.

Shookran & slama!

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