Feb 1, 2006

The Faculty Note Read Simply:

Dear all,
Our colleague Abdelmounim O (I have used only an initial), Hall Director, and his wife lost a new-born baby on Monday morning as they were traveling to Ifrane in a Grand Taxi. Mr O informed me that the death was not related to the harsh weather conditions in the region over the past few days.

(A grand taxi is an old Mercedes four door coup. Six passengers is standard. That means four adults in the back seat. Usually one person leans forward. There are no handles on the windows, for fear of theft, and often not on the doors as well. The cars travel at high speed, produce much exhaust and are notoriously unsafe.)