Why Being a PCV in Morocco Matters

To my friends still there, I came across an article this morning about six Fezi youth who were recruiting for Al Qaeda in the Maghreb.

It’s Christmas Day, and I know not all volunteers are with family or friends.  It can be a rather lonely time to be a Peace Corps Volunteer.  I know when you read this, you’ll think of some of the faces of the youth you know and work with and how much we come to care for our friends there.  There is no better fight against terrorism than the good work volunteers do.  There is no better fight against terrorism than simply loving our neighbors, and it’s sad to see guns and militarism unraveling the good work being done.  There are some of us who are still dreamers that for every bomb dropped or gun fired, we might double our efforts to provide aid where it’s needed and welcome.  Keep up the work you’re doing, the simple work of just caring for someone for the sake of caring for them.  It matters.

You’re all missed.  Happy Christmas.  M’brouk l3id dyalna.

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