By: Amina BAHA

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The two events were organized on 25 February 2022 by the project SafeJourney, co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the Italian NGO Progettomondo, at the cultural center ”Les Étoiles” in Sidi Moumen in Casablanca.

The event was inaugurated by the exhibition “Entre Bleu et Jaune” by Hibatoullah Salime, which took the public on a long journey between the two coasts of the Mediterranean.

Hibatoullah Salime, born in Beni Mellal on 20 February 2004, was driven by a great curiosity towards painting on canvas. Through the universe of colors in her paintings, the artist can express herself by overcoming her deafness. Art thus becomes a means for the painter to externalize what words cannot reach.

Her paintings, which focus on the phenomenon of migration and the landscapes of her dreams, have won over the public by provoking reflection on migration issues.

It is important to note that Hibatoullah Salime was distinguished, among the participants of the art competition “Les jeunes entre les deux côtés de la Méditerranée”, for the artistic value and originality of her work “Femmes attendant leurs fils”.

The exhibition was accompanied by the staging of the second performance of the play “Clandestin“, written by Hassan Tabi and performed by the Mawja theatre company, followed by a debate between the audience, the company and SafeJourney’s team.

The debate was closed with the exchange of information on the services offered by the project and the alternatives to irregular migration in Morocco and abroad.

These events aimed to change perceptions of the irregular migration phenomenon among young people and to raise their awareness through art in all its forms. Hence also the choice of the cultural center “Les Étoiles”, created on the initiative of the Ali Zaoua Foundation for the training of young people in the neighborhood in the arts and performing arts, as well as the learning of foreign languages and the rules of artistic dissemination.