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    Posted October 15, 2010 by
    koryisma
    Location
    Tinghir, Morocco
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN30: Election of Barack Obama

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    Tinghir, Ouarzazate, Morocco: Election results in the Peace Corps

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Watch koryisma, 26, talking about her experience in Morocco after Barack Obama was elected president.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I was serving as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps on the day of the election. I headed into town where a nearby volunteer had a television and was hosting an election party.

     

    Though we couldn't stay up to see the results, at about 5 am, all our cell phones started ringing. "He won!" they said. "Turn on the TV!"

     

    We crowded back into the room, sleepyeyed, and sat fixated on history in the making.

     

    The best part was walking around town the next morning. Everyone there knew I was an American and had become accostomed to me as "the crazy American girl who speaks Tachelheit Berber." People came out of the woodwork to congratulate me, pay my vegetable bill as a way to show their appreciation, offer me free tea and pieces of cake, and offer up the quip that "Barak L'hou!" had won (L'hou is a Berberized nickname for "Hussein.").

     

    My favorite was when Aziz, one of the friendly shopkeepers turned to me.

     

    "We won!" he said.

     

    "Yeah, he won! I can't believe it!"

     

    "No, I didn't say 'he won,' I said 'we won!'"

     

    The thankfulness, happiness, and excitement in everyone's eyes that day made me, for the first time since I had stepped foot in Morocco, PROUD to be an American.

     

    (Some pictures of the town, taken in May 2009. The shopkeeper isn't Aziz, but the shop looks similar.)

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