Immediately upon arriving in Casablanca author Vendela Vida was robbed. Her backpack with her laptop (with a book she was writing) was gone in an instant.
“At first I was so upset. We had just arrived. Everything was gone–this book I had been working on was gone–but while I was sitting there answering all these very irrelevant questions I started thinking about this … idea for this novel I had about the malleability of identity. It’s this novel that has been circling in my head for a few years and I had written passages but I had never known exactly how the book would start, I hadn’t found my way into the book, the entree into it. So while I was sitting there with these detectives I suddenly realized that this was my opening: a woman arriving in Casablanca and having her stuff stolen, and in the case of the protagonist having her passport stolen, and so suddenly I became the happiest person I think the police station had ever seen.”
On November 6th 1975. The Green March, when 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya, in order to force Spain to hand over the disputed, autonomous semi-metropolitan Spanish Province of Sahara to Morocco. Initially meeting little response by the Sahrawi Polisario Front, the events quickly escalated into a war between Morocco and the Polisario - the Western Sahara War, which would last for another 16 years, Bruno Barbey.