In a country too dangerous for me to name, I met with a Christian woman in a deserted warehouse. She kept her face covered with a long scarf so that I wouldn’t be able to identify her should I be stopped by the police and questioned.
“Do you know how much you mean to us?” the woman asked me.
Probably not, I allowed.
“The only reason we are permitted to exist is because your government puts pressure on our government,” she told me. “And the only reason your government puts pressure on our government is because Christians in your country put pressure on your government officials. But the moment that pressure stops is the moment we will be wiped from the face of the earth.”
That woman didn’t live in Morocco, but I have met others in that country who have said essentially the same thing. When I received the call to action below, I thought about so many men and women I’ve met in my travels around the world who have pleaded for us to speak out on their behalf.
Please, read the request concerning Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and consider making your voice heard.
Statement of Rep. Frank R. Wolf
Extension of Remarks
September 22, 2010
Expulsion of Humanitarian Workers
Calls into Question Morocco’s Commitment to the
Millennium Development Goals
On Monday, the King of Morocco travelled to New York to address the UN General Assembly Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to improve the quality of life for people around the world. I urge Obama Administration officials to seize this opportunity to meet with the King and raise the plight of the dozens of U.S. citizens that have been expelled from or denied reentry into Morocco without access to due process.
As a result of the deportations a number of humanitarian organizations which were run by U.S. citizens and provided vital community services have been shuttered. Individuals such as Eddie and Lynn Padilla of Colorado who worked in an orphanage caring for young Moroccan children who were abandoned at birth. And Michael Cloud of Texas, who ran therapy centers for children with disabilities across the country. And scores of American teachers and educators who sought to improve access to education for Moroccan children.
Many of these individuals resided legally in Morocco for decades and had a deep love for their adopted country. Their work supported Millennium Development Goals such as child health and universal education. In his address to the General Assembly on Monday, the King of Morocco expressed his support for and commitment to these lofty goals. Meanwhile, his government turned out dozens of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals whose work supported the same goals for which the King professed his support.
If the King of Morocco is truly serious about his commitment to achieving the Millennium Development goals, his government should immediately and unconditionally allow those expelled or denied reentry to return. The U.S. government should press for nothing less.
Elizabeth M. Hoffman
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Rep. Frank R. Wolf
Morocco… Great expectations… for democracy, the economy, and the underpriviliged through the new King’s efforts.
Glenn Myers (100 Days-2002)