M'hammed Kilito (b. 1981, Lviv) is a freelance documentary photographer based in Rabat, Morocco. His work focuses on capturing narratives that help understand the relationship between groups or individuals and their environments, by covering...
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When we are in the dry and arid desert, there is one thing we look for almost instinctively and that is the green color. It is the promise of water and therefore of life. This is the last grouping of palm trees in Tanseest, what used to be an oasis 15 km from the town of Assa.
Youth emigration is one of the major problems facing the oases of southern Morocco. Many of the young people I met are considering crossing illegally to the Canary Islands due to global warming, water crises, lack of job opportunities, isolation and lack of primary resources. This has a negative impact on the maintenance of the oases, which need their youth to take care of them.
Hicham emigrated to France for a year and after doing several difficult and poorly paid jobs, he decided to return to Morocco. To his surprise, no one encouraged him. Especially his family, who he thought would support him in his decision, had a very negative reaction. Today, Hicham is a fulfilled young man, happy to be in Morocco. He lives in Guelmim, works in a school and is active in the education and associative field.
Oasis of Tighmert, Morocco, in August 2020. Adobe wall in Tighmert oasis. The pisé technique consists in building walls in raw earth, which are erected and compacted by successive blocks. It is a technique that is becoming less and less used because the inhabitants prefer to build in concrete nowadays.
To build the water towers, the inhabitants of the oases mobilize together. They create associations and each family gives a certain amount of money in order to build it and to benefit from it afterward.