She removes the burqa that conceals the features of her face, and removes the veil that hangs over her shoulders, before she gets into her four-wheel drive (Audi Q7) and sets off on her way.
calm The woman of forty When she was changing her black worn clothes with a fine coat and preparing to leave a narrow alley enveloped in darkness in the “Aourir” area north of Agadir (546 kilometers away from Rabat), he was accompanied by the anger of those who were watching her movements, believing that she was a beggar who professed claiming disease and pretending to suffer with destitution and the loss of a breadwinner.
Because each story has an ending, suspicions have been confirmed about the “beggar”, the owner of the luxury car, and she was arrested by the security men, and perhaps now she is biting her fingers in regret while she is between the cold walls of the local prison, facing the charge of “insulting begging without needing to do so.”
Moroccan law punishes beggars with imprisonment, and the punishment ranges from Article 326 of the Criminal Code, “from one month to six months in force, for anyone who had the means of subsistence or was able to find work, but he was accustomed to practicing begging in a regular way.”
Another category of Moroccan beggars face prison sentences ranging from three months to a year in force, according to Article 327, if it is related to “threatening or pretending to be sick or handicapped”. The punishment is also severe if the beggar gets used to accompanying one or more small children. Its branches, or entering a residence or one of its annexes without the permission of its owner or occupant.
A beggar beggar
Begging is not the only accusation facing the wealthy beggar, as a number of shop owners confirmed their exposure to theft and fraud attempts, but some of them actually managed to steal their goods in roundabout ways, taking advantage of the store’s crowding with customers, or with the help of the appearance of her second personality, which made elegant clothes and golden jewelry FURNISHED ACCESSORIES.
Mustafa S., a store manager selling dyeing and paint supplies, did not question the way the 40-year-old was speaking in front of him, “She was wearing luxurious clothes, her wrists and her neck full of gold jewelery, while her hair fell on her shoulders, and popular stories about the swindler used to describe her as being She wears a black veil that conceals her identity, “Mustafa says to” Arabi Post “.
She approached him asking for goods worth more than 5,000 dirhams ($ 500), and because the amount was not in her full possession, she suggested that she go to the ATM and return shortly after, Mustafa refused to take the goods in her car until the price was paid, so he put her in a fit of anger. He insulted before leaving the store while threatening him, “Days later, she begged for charity, wearing shabby, dirty clothes and hiding her features with burqas, but the blue color of her eyes revealed her, and I learned that she was the swindler whose stories spread in the region,” says Mesir al-Makhzen.
Begging from the wealthy in Morocco
The story of “The Rich Beggar” brought to mind a group of similar stories. Just one month ago, a beggar fell into the traps of a gang who cunningly lured her and stripped her of an estimated sum of 40,000 dirhams (about 4,500 dollars) from the heart of her home.
Time: February 2021, and the location: a popular neighborhood in the city of Meknes (about 152 km from Rabat). On a cold and rainy day, women came to the beggar’s house and her bedridden husband, claiming to help her clean the house, and they understood that they represent an association to help the needy.
The beggar was reassured by the women’s words, especially as they promised her to acquire a new house that would be in her private ownership, provided that she would give them a sum of money, which was really true. She gave the beggar $ 4,500 dollars to the women before they disappeared in the blink of an eye.
The monument to beggars is not limited to the living among them, but also to the dead. In December 2020, just hours after the death of a beggar in the city of Qasr al-Kebir (northern Morocco), and after going to bury her body, some of her neighbors went to the house in which she lived alone Without parents or children, as they found an amount of 110,000 dirhams (approximately 12,300,000 US dollars), but their disagreement over the method of dividing the amount and the loudness of their voices revealed their matter.
In October 2017, this time the story was different A beggar was arrested in the city of Martell (in the north of the country) with an amount of 180,000 dirhams (about 20 thousand dollars), who was wrapped around her waist in a piece of cloth.
The 66-year-old beggar, and because she was not sure to leave her money anywhere, she wrapped her around her waist and wandered around the city streets and alleys asking for money and help from passers-by, before she was arrested and her case was discovered, following a complaint that she objected to citizens in the street and accused her of begging and fraud.
Many anecdotes Those that are being circulated at a greater and faster pace are preventing Moroccans from sympathizing with street beggars and in front of mosques and shops, but some of them do not hesitate to knock the gates of houses, but rather ring the doorbell, asking for money, clothes, or some blankets and utensils.
Items that are resold, even at the lowest prices, which is confirmed by a grocery store owner to “Arabi Post”, who said that he daily receives boxes of milk, tea and bread from beggars obtained by citizens who refused to hand them money, preferring to provide in-kind assistance. “However, all the methods Lead to Rome, “says the grocer.
The beggars go to groceries, merchants and pharmacies in order to hand them over coins of one dirham, two dirhams, and ten five (exchange), and replace them with banknotes, says Ibtisam, a pharmacist in the city of Salé, adjacent to the capital, Rabat, “At the end of the day, some beggars pile a pile of coins in front of her. Asking for compensation with banknotes. “When she asked” Arab Post “about its value, the pharmacist confirmed that it ranged between 200 and 500 dirhams (about $ 22 and $ 55).
Sums that drool over and lead many to take beggary as a “profession” to gain easy and abundant, made Morocco ahead of Arab countries in the number of beggars, as their number reached 195 thousand, a record number for a country whose population does not exceed 40 million people, compared with the State of Egypt, which ranked The second is 41 thousand beggars, knowing that its population is close to 100 million. Will Moroccan officials succeed, one day, in making their streets empty of those who obstruct the path of passers-by?
The need for psychological care
Moroccan investigators have concluded that the beggar, who is in her fourth decade, has been in the practice of begging far from the vicinity of her residence, so as not to raise suspicions about her, and a security report said that she “intended to move to the center of“ Aourir ”with her four-wheel drive car, and left her far She changes her luxurious clothes with others that arouse the sympathy and compassion of the benefactors. “
After completing her “working hours”, the beggar returns to her stairs, changes her clothes away from the voyeurs’ eyes, then joins her car and returns to her luxurious apartment in one of the affluent neighborhoods of Agadir.
Moroccan sociologist Mohsen Benzacour said that this unique type of begging, which represents an investment in itself, creates a psychological pleasure for its practitioner when asking people for money because of money, or that this beggar does not feel his psychological presence except through subjugation of their kindness, fraud and deceiving others.
The spokesman said in a statement to “Arabi Post” that “despite the Moroccan law’s criminalization of begging, imprisoning beggars, especially those in the form of a wealthy Agadir beggar, is not a solution, and it is necessary to study the case and diagnose it in a scientific way and analyze what the woman who is suffering from Need to follow a psychic. “
The spokesman highlighted that “beggars deserve to have a lot of money by just sitting all day in a certain place, which makes them give up the desire to make any effort.” The responsibility of Moroccan citizens, Affirming that “every coin that is placed in the palm of a beggar perpetuates the manifestations of extortion and dispensation, harms the country’s economy, and helps irrational gain.”