Alhurra’s flagship program Al Youm broadcast live from Morocco during the week of Eid al Fitr. Anchor Nabila Kilani was live from Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh, for a special week of Al Youm broadcasts to mark the end of Ramadan.
The show focused on Morocco’s rich history, as well as the current challenges facing the north African country. To mark the end of Ramadan, Al Youm looked at Jewish and Muslim coexistence during the holy month. The program examined how Morocco has sustained religious, social and cultural cohesion and is using that tradition to fight extremism.
As the war against terror grows into a global issue, Al Youm highlighted what Morocco is doing to fight extremism. Kilani also reported on the edict from the government to review all Islamic teachings in school curriculums to ensure there are no extremist lessons.
Another emphasis of coverage during the special broadcasts include Morocco’s efforts to educate girls following Michelle Obama’s visit to Morocco. It included a report on USAID’s efforts to help young girls in rural areas to continue their education, including an interview with the Mission Director for USAID in Morocco. Kilani met with Fatima, a young girl who lives in the Moroccan countryside, where the average family lives on less than two dollars a day. Fatima spoke to Al Youm about her renewed hopes for her future with the Let Girls Learn initiative. Kilani also interviewed a representative from the Ministry of Women and Solidarity about the opening of boarding homes near secondary schools so that girls can continue their education if they live far from the schools.