Aghouatim Community – Immediately after the violent earthquake, many Moroccan doctors living in European countries moved to the affected area to provide assistance to those affected, one of whom was Dr. Zuhair Lahna, who heads a French association to provide medical aid.

The Moroccan doctor has visited several countries, including Yemen, Syria, Gaza, Libya, Afghanistan, India and Congo, and is now in the Atlas Mountains.

If you want to communicate with Dr. Zuhair and his medical team these days, you have to wait long hours, until he descends from one of the hanging roundabouts in the Atlas Mountains to any area where the network coverage service is available.

As soon as he arrived at the Amerzawazet roundabout, the medical team proceeded to examine patients under the trees (Al Jazeera)

"Yesterday we were at the Agil roundabout, the epicenter of the violent earthquake, and today we will go up to the Amrzouazt roundabout in the community of Aghouatim, and tomorrow hopefully we will head again to the area of Talat Niacoub", so Dr. Zuhair took the initiative to talk, and it was therefore necessary to hurry to go to the Amerzouazt roundabout (about 70 kilometers south of Marrakesh), to follow the tour of the medical team and see the health services it provides to the people of these afflicted roundabouts, before it "lost" us in another roundabout.

We cut a narrow, unpaved road suspended in the mountains, about to fall down a cliff if the car swerved you slightly, and some of the destroyed houses as well as the huge stones that fell from the surrounding mountains on the narrow and forked roads tell you that a magnitude 7 earthquake passed through here.

Sheikh Hassan Edembark said that the mountain overlooking Amrzoazt is called "Tihlati" which means "good people" (Al-Jazeera)

Roundabout "Taybeen"

From the top of the mountain, the Amerzoazt roundabout looks a beautiful painting whose simple mud houses are monolithic by a wise artist, as if embracing each other so as not to fall into the depths of the surrounding mountains.

The hermitage of its simple mosque is clearly visible from above, giving the view a beauty and reverence befitting a roundabout that, like the entire Haouz region and the Atlas region, is famous for memorizing and memorizing the Holy Quran.

Hassan Edembark, whose brown face has been marked by long years of life, tells us that this roundabout is located in the lap of a mountain locally called "Tihlati" which means "the good ones".

Al-Hussein confirmed that the arrival of doctors to their roundabout at the top of the mountain means a lot to them (Al-Jazeera)

"A name that lives up to its name," says Fadma (Fatima), a community activist who hails from the roundabout, where she came from Marrakech to provide assistance to the residents of the roundabout, whom her family and family consider.

On his way to this roundabout, Dr. Zuhair Lahna and his medical team got lost in the secondary roads of these towering peaks, giving us time to connect with the residents of this meek roundabout and listen to their passions and groans.

As soon as we arrived, they greeted us with a great welcome, and they hurried to set up a table that included cups of Moroccan mint tea and the olive oil, honey and local butter they produce, creating generosity that is an authentic character among the people of these villages and draws the attention of everyone who visits them.

Do not talk to the people of the roundabout before you drink mint tea (Al Jazeera)

Simple life

"Our houses have been demolished", this is what you hear these days in all the villages and roundabouts that pass through them in the province of Al-Hawz, although the roundabout Amrzwazt survived the disaster, there were no deaths, its mud houses - which are the most expensive thing owned by these villagers - are between demolished or seriously cracked, they are no longer habitable, so their residents live these days under tents erected among the trees.

Mohammed al-Saghir, head of a local association for social development, tells Human Rights Watch that the residents of al-Dawar (more than 400 people) live mainly on modest sums of money from their children who work in nearby cities, in addition to small incomes to sell their local agricultural products, especially apples and some vegetables, including onions.

Hospitality of the people of the roundabout from what they produce locally of olive oil, honey and butter (Al-Jazeera)

In this modest mountain roundabout, there are simple agricultural plots that are more akin to subsistence agriculture than income-generating projects, whose modest incomes are used by residents to buy the clothes and food they need, and some merchants come to them and buy their agricultural products at the lowest prices and then sell them in nearby cities for double sums.

Mohammed Al-Saghir confirmed that the roundabout needs basic services in the fields of education and health (Al Jazeera)


Hassan Eger, a resident of the village, says that despite all the difficulties, they will continue to live here, and what they hope is that their roundabout will receive more attention and be provided with the basics.

Basics summed up by Mohammed al-Saghir in a school that ensures children are taught to the secondary level, a health center, and the paving of a difficult mountain road to facilitate transportation between this roundabout and the surrounding urban centers.

Houcine Belhassen (al-Husaine in the local dialect) explains that the narrow mud road attached to the mountain is completely cut during the rain and snow, and the 82 families who live here live in complete isolation until the road opens again.

Dr. Zuhair and members of his medical team follow up on the cases of the residents of Amrzoazt (Al Jazeera)

Young medical team

Dr. Zuhair and his medical team finally arrived after a "journey of wandering" on these similar, narrow mountain roads, and soon the nurses accompanying him began to look for a suitable place to receive and treat patients with this roundabout.

This young medical team consists of doctors, nurses and nurses, some of whom are fluent in the local Amazigh dialect, to facilitate communication with the residents of these areas, for whom Tachelhit is their first language of communication.

Dr. Zuhair tells us that what the residents of the now stricken Atlas roundabouts need are tents and temporary shelters that protect people from upcoming diseases associated with the cold and frost season, which could make the situation worse.

Frost The Moroccan doctor also calls for confronting it using solar energy available here high in the mountains, to provide much-needed warmth for residents during snow and frost.

Providing health care to the residents of the mountain roundabouts is a priority for Zuhair Lahna and his medical team (Al Jazeera)

"Don't give me fish"

Dr. Zuhair's great experience in dealing with disasters – especially in such remote areas – led him to develop a project that boils down to training local energies to provide first aid to those in need, and to know the basics about medicines that are distributed free of charge to be provided to people in time of need.

For him, this is the time to act on the wisdom of "don't give me fish, teach me how to fish", to ensure that there is medical care inside the mountain roundabouts, especially during the isolation period imposed in the cold and snow season.

He explains that this project will certainly save many lives, because it will provide the human resources that provide the necessary aid that patients need in remote roundabouts, waiting for them to arrive at hospitals.

The team prepared a place under the trees surrounded by tents to examine patients (Al Jazeera)

In such hanging circles, it is impossible for medical teams to come every time, and the radical solution lies in training young local energies that have the ability to learn and provide basic aid to patients.

Not far from where we were with Zuhair, the medical team finished preparing the place where they would receive patients in a small square flat under the trees, so we went to him with the Moroccan doctor, who, as soon as he arrived, began to talk to the assembled patients who were eagerly waiting to present their illnesses to the doctors and nurses.

The medical team continued to examine the patients of the roundabout until late (Al-Jazeera)


The place looked like a beehive, a nurse here measuring the pressure of this old woman, and another there reading an old prescription brought by a sheikh to show to the doctor, and that translates what the nurse or doctor says to that sheikh who is more fluent in Tamazight than Moroccan dialect.

After studying the case of each patient, the doctor provides him with a preliminary diagnosis of his condition, and advises people with chronic diseases to present themselves to the mobile medical centers set up by the Moroccan authorities within the urban centers near the mountain roundabouts, which provide treatment to patients free of charge.

We left Dr. Zuhair and members of his medical team to perform their work actively and actively, and we left the place while a number of villagers continued to come to present themselves to the medical team, and although they do not suffer from the direct physical effects of the earthquake, but they take advantage of the opportunity to have doctors in this place to present themselves in search of treatment, in such circles suspended in the air, medical services are thrived, and seeing a doctor in them becomes an opportunity that should not be lost to diagnose and perhaps treat diseases that do not want to leave their bodies.