Thursday, August 09, 2007

New Sahrawi blog explains what's up with the tea ceremony

Another day, another blog written by Sahrawi women. This time it's Zeina, a blog about Sahrawi culture written by two Sahrawi girls, Mona and Ward. They write about Sahrawi culture and tie it, quite cleverly I think, to the struggle for independence.

I never got the details on the famed Sahrawi tea ceremony, but they had an explanation:
One of the greatest features of the Saharawi culture is that of Tea ceremony. It is special and unique to the Saharawi people. It is a time of unity and celebration of happiness. Family members, neighbors, relatives or simply people passing by gather around to chat about everything and nothing and at the same time enjoy a cup of the special tea. The Atay or tea in Hassania the Saharawi native Arabic dialect is three cups and each one represents a different thing. The first cup is bitter as life, the second is sweet as love and the third is soft as love. The tea ceremony can take few minutes to make or can last as long as hours...

As it is said in Arabic: “there is an end to everything”, and so it is the time for the Saharawi people to get their share of justice and freedom. So let’s not give to enjoy the last cup of this struggle and the reward of freedom.
I'm looking forward to more explanations of Sahrawi culture. While I'm pretty versed in the politics of Western Sahara, I don't think I know near enough about the culture. Hopefully the ladies at Zeina will remedy that.

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  1. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Annan Acquires a Second Palatial Home
    Staff Reporter of the Sun
    August 9, 2007

    UNITED NATIONS Â-- A former U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan, recently purchased a second multimillion-dollar house, this one in a posh neighborhood in Tangier, Morocco, where his neighbors are said to include pop stars and the country's king, sources said.

    Mr. Annan was in Morocco earlier this week, calling on European Union leaders to retool their efforts to end poverty in Africa. His brother, Kobina, has for a long time served as Ghana's ambassador in Rabat, where he is considered a top player on the diplomatic scene.

    The former secretary-general is currently based in Geneva, where he had reportedly already bought a multimillion-dollar residence in an upscale neighborhood. E-mail messages seeking comment on the Moroccan house purchase were not answered by Mr. Annan's Geneva office.

    Mr. Annan's annual salary as secretary-general, a position he held until December 2006, amounted to $300,000. The organization financed his official residency. He currently draws a pension that, according to a U.N. spokesman, is based on the contributions he made to a U.N. pension fund during two separate periods Â-- one spanning more than 30 years as a staff member, and the other during the 10 years he served as the organization's chief.

    The Tangier neighborhood where Mr. Annan's new house was bought was described by a source familiar with the situation as an exclusive community overlooking the Gibraltar strait, where "Gulf sheiks and pop stars" own large homes. The Moroccan king has a residence there, as did the late Malcolm Forbes. According to one source, Mr. Annan bought his new house, which he said is located in the Jabl al-Kabir neighborhood of Tangier, for $2.5 million. Morocco "has always been, and will remain a bridge for rapprochement between Africa and Europe through offering enormous cooperation opportunities for the two continents," Mr. Annan said in an international conference there over the weekend. He later urged Europe to shift its aid policy to include more funds for the benefit for Africa's "small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs."