The Human Experience-Naima


Name: Naima Abbas

Age:  42


Where are you from/where do you live now?

Figuig, Morocco— no more than 5 km from Algeria. 

What is your family like?

I have a big family, in total we are 10, eight siblings and 2 parents. Plus, I have four sisters married so four brothers in-law and two of those sisters have kids. One has 3 girls and the other has two. So, you would say we are a big family. 

How do you spend most of your days?

It depends, I have three months a year that are very full, I work with Peace Corps as a Language and Cultural Facilitator. The rest of the year I spend most of my time in the house—cooking and cleaning and taking care of my parents; in my free time I do artisanal things like weaving and crocheting. I am also a board member for an all women’s artisanal co-op in Figuig. So, I train new members and help the women sell their products at the festivals we are invited to. 

Can you describe your favorite day?

My perfect day is any day that I am happy, and there are many things that make me happy. I like when I accomplish something or plan something and it actually happens. But mostly, I am happy when my parents are happy and healthy. 

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of my parents, and the family they made. Sometimes I am proud of me, but not always. I am also proud of my siblings. 

What are your hopes and dreams for you and your family?

I hope that my family will be healthy for the rest of their lives. My dream is to be able to work for a long time and I hope that I will also be healthy. Also, I hope that all of the wars in the world will end. And I dream f the day when everyone in the world believes that Muslims are not terrorists, extremists are. 

What do you spend the most time worrying about?

I worry about my future, even if I believe that all of this is in the hands of God, I worry about the unknown. And when I am doing something I worry about not doing it successfully.

What would you like to say to the world?

I want to tell the world to be tolerant, help each other, respect each other, don’t stereotype, and live in peace.