WRITE TO 100% MAMANS

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Miss Isabel invites us to take action, all together, by sending words of hope, love, support, to 100% Mamans Tanger, a Tangerine association that supports women who have been rejected by their families and society alike for being single mothers.

“I am with you”
These simple words mean so much when everyone around is trying to forget you exist.

Here in Tangier, a single mother doesn’t exist. She is forgotten, she lives on the street, her child has no identity so cannot go to school, doesn’t have access to medical care… 100% Mamans is a Tangerine association that decided to step out and support those women, to offer and ensure material & social needs, but also human and relational needs.

If, like I do, you consider that a woman who has a child out of marriage is still entitled to live, to be respected as a human being and that her child can envision a normal future, you can make a difference by taking a simple action: Send us a picture or a word that you’d like for me to share with the single mothers and their children here in Tangier. Your impact will be great, not only for the women and their children, but also for the people working fiercely to help them, providing education, shelter, legal advice. Let them know “I am with you. You are not alone.”

Send your letters by mail:
Association 100% Mamans
Hay Ennasr,
Rue 13, N°53 Tanger
Maroc

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From a Stranger to a Friend

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It’s been a few months already that we’re living here in Tangier, Morocco. At first an unknown city, it slowly became home and a place that inspired us to connect like never before in the band, and to write a lot of new songs!

We even started a blog series called “From a Stranger to a Friend”, wishing to share with you all meaningful stories as well as inspiring encounters with the people who make Tangier such a unique place. I realized while looking back that what really brought all of those little stories to life is the curiosity towards differences, this child-at-heart spirit leading to discover who people are, what their dreams are, what music they listen to, what books they read and so on, and all of this without boundaries. The more days we spend on this earth, the harder it gets sometimes to simply keep this human curiosity, this openness and this desire to dig into the heart of not only a city but its people. It’s always a little strange at first, but in the end, it always brings me to realize how much, underneath, we’re all the same… and how much we need one another. 

On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, I want to be curious and fearless regarding our differences, even though I don’t understand or even agree sometimes. But I’m sure bridges can be built upon one or two things rather than being burned! I even discovered a band called Tinariwen, a Grammy-Award winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, which I’m actually listening to while writing those few lines! Love is not a destination, but a life-long journey towards endless discoveries of all kinds… As long as we keep walking, our eyes can be open… 


From Tangier, Morocco, your friend and brother,
– Jeff

International Women’s Day 2018

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Here in Tangier, Morocco, I met an incredible artist who is literally changing lives around her. The very first time she told me about her involvement with 100% Mamans, an organization defending castaway single mothers and their children, I felt compelled to be a part of it too… I asked Itaf to tell her vision about getting involved for human rights, for the rights of women here in Morocco, of how a simple action can make a whole world of difference. On this International Women’s Day, here are her words, powerful and so inspiring, an example of how we can all #PressForProgress.

– Miss Isabel

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To Isabel

“How do you change what surrounds you?” did you ask me. You propelled me in a roundtrip inside and out, the others, myself… and the answer I found seemed vain.

And so I asked myself the question in a different way. What motivates me when I undertake something, anything, that involves others? To share a vision of a world that invites us to interact freely with our illusions, our joys, our fulfilling yet elusive utopias. For a moment, brief or eternal, dweller of our imagination. The world of creativity…

One day, we discover it in us, inside a memory where so many universes overlap one another, where dreams and reality are one. The circus and the kid in me… one of my most beautiful emotions… Shivers, joys, illusions, and dreams… In this ludic and enchanting microcosm… dream of a faraway place where everything has to be invented without any rules. The desire to share all those illusions is what built a part of my games and my fictions, in which I love losing myself the time of a joyous spasm. Then comes a movie, music, an image, a special someone… So many worlds to explore. To share these feelings and to invite others to wake theirs motivates my involvement.

Then comes a smile, faith in the power we have to offer ourselves a moment of intensity outside the sphere of what we know, the discovery of this unknown part of us where we can flee to give a reason to everything else.

– Itaf

From Tangier with Love

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“I am giving an art session for single mothers”, my friend said. I immediately knew I needed to be there.

“100% Maman” was born of a desire to protect and give a chance to women pregnant outside of marriage. If you are not married and you get pregnant what happens is very simple; you hide the growing belly as long as possible because as soon as your family discovers it, you are pretty sure they will kick you out of the house with nothing. If you are about to deliver your baby, the hospitals might not even look at you. If your baby survives, it will have no official name, so no access to school, to work, to healthcare… that baby doesn’t exist in the system and the mother is a shame.

In the sewing classes, cooking classes, jewelry making classes and art sessions, my eyes saw ladies of different ages, most of them were a little shy but very sweet, welcoming, and most of all doing everything they can to build a future and cast away the fear that is so obvious.

My session with them was very simple, we taught them to fold little paper boats. Their paper boats will become a part of a big sculpture that will be exposed here in Tangier in May. For an hour or so, their minds are away from the tremendous pressure they live to concentrate on one fold at a time.

To be a part… They just have been rejected, first by men who don’t want to take part in their lives and the life of their child, rejected with disdain from their moms, their dads, their brothers and sisters, crossed off from all possibilities to get a job, ejected out in the streets to beg for food or to really become prostitutes… and now, they are invited to be a part of a community that believes they can define their own path and believes they can offer something good to their kids.

I felt I could learn and be inspired by all these women, the ones that are teaming up to offer juridic services, sanitary services, shelter and education, and the women that are taking that decision to live another day against the stream. I am planning on going back to be with them and live something with them. I hope I can bring some joy, but I know I will receive a lesson of courage.

– Miss Isabel

Don’t hesitate to like their Facebook page and to support their actions!
https://www.facebook.com/centpourcentmamans.tanger
http://www.centpourcentmamans.com/

From Tangier with Love: A meaningful talk with…

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My friend: “You know, I think a society, or a group of people, a family, even a couple, stops evolving and living when you stop talking about problems, issues and challenges. Naming real problems by their real names allows us to discuss about it all together, in order to find solutions, otherwise, we’re creating hopelessness, being the mother of all evil. We should never fear problems, but we should fear when no one wants to talk about real issues! Don’t get me wrong, I really love Tangier and Morocco, but it’s about time we sit down and talk about reality.”

Jeff: “It’s always easy to act as a victim, and to blame others, the system, life and even God for inequalities we often see and witness, not even seeking to understand why this is a reality for some and how we can shape this world differently.”

I have the privilege of enjoying breakfast almost every day with this amazing Moroccan friend of Alex, which I have the privilege of discovering more and more! This is a glimpse of an awesome conversation that lasted more than an hour. Very inspiring moment.

We would like to share more short stories with you based on moments lived with someone in the streets, or within a band conversation, around the table, in a coffee shop, etc. We will do so on a weekly basis and will call those posts “From Tangier With Love”! Being here is a real privilege for us all, and to share it with awesome people like you will simply make those little moments eternal..!

See you next week!

– Jeff

FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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Walking in the medina is an incredible blend of colors, fragrances, and sounds… So much that it feels like my eyes aren’t big enough to capture it all. I must have looked like I was overwhelmed or confused because an older man gently told me: “You don’t need to understand it all, just enjoy the simple moments with a smiling heart” as he handed me a rose from his stand. He was so right and made me smile right away! This man’s eyes were sensitive enough to see me in the dense crowd and his heart sensitive enough to teach me how simple it can be to be someone’s friend. One minute a stranger, the next minute a friend.

– Miss Isabel

MLK Day

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In the wake of the recent statements hovering between nations, we notice once more how much power words have, either to build or to destroy, to unite or to divide, to affirm or to discourage.

And on this day honoring a man that left a living legacy through his words and actions confessing hope, may we be the ones pursuing the fulfillment of this dream. Let us remember and honor the march of a man who risked his life for a dream, where “one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – MLK

May we be the ones standing up in our own ways, making this world a better place to commune all together.

FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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As we were enjoying a coffee at the world-renowned Gran Café de Paris in Tangier, this gentleman named Ahmed who was sitting beside us offered us something to eat as a simple welcoming gesture! As he then joined our table, we started exchanging about music, faith, and the people of Tangier, on a very deep, soulful, and open-minded level, as we really like our discussions to be!

At the very end, he told us he’d like to bring this discussion a little further, and invited us for dinner next Friday around a couscous cooked by his wife, so that we could meet his family! I love how welcoming some people are in this amazing city! From a stranger to a friend, here’s another story that truly touches me deeply!

– Jeff

FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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Because human rights are more than a date on a calendar, and that we believe it starts within us and around us, we decided to introduce you to a few people we’ve met since we’re in Tangier, and who make a difference around themselves…

About the picture of Sef & Rachid:
“Being in the crazy circus of Your Favorite Enemies has brought me to discover so many powerful and beautiful things in life. For me, the most significant journey is outside yourself, where you have the opportunity to connect and bond with people. The man with me on the picture is Rachid. He’s the one taking care of everything related to the house we live in! I’m blessed to be able to connect with this humble and generous heart. And for me, human rights start with this… Differences give us the opportunity to redefine our perspectives and conceptions, to open our eyes to what we can offer to the ones around us!”

– Sef

Human Rights Day

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What are human rights to you?

From Strangers To Friends

Ever since we gave birth to Your Favorite Enemies, human rights have always been part of the band’s core values. It has always been a matter of heart, not some “good conscience” promotional campaign. So for us, Human Rights Day doesn’t have much to do with December 10th; it’s a daily invitation to go beyond fear of differences and incomprehensions. Living in Tangier teaches us the importance of those little moments of human wonders, of blessed day-to-day connections. So we decided to present you some of our neighbourhood friends, those with whom we laugh and commune for the pure reasons of a smile and a hug. We believe that human rights start within ourselves…

– Alex

About the picture: Farid is a greengrocer who lives right in front of our studio. He’s never short of a smile and always laughing, Farid is well known in our neighbourhood for being a man who takes care of others and who offers food to those who can’t afford any. We are proud to be considered Farid’s friends.