National Geographic : 1955 Feb
188 © J. Belin Newlyweds Among the Ait Haddidu Receive Certificates of Marriage at Imilchil Some tribesmen in the High Atlas accept Islam but not Koranic law. Native Customary Law, as admin istered by the French, permits divorce simply by a return of the marriage settlement (page 162). the training function of the African bases. "Sidi Slimane serves as a center for shake down operations and intensive training for units which have completed their preliminary training at home." Morale is no problem in Morocco, the Gen eral told us. "I think it is as high or higher here than in the United States," he said. "This is a de veloping base, with a lot of interesting work. That's always good for morale." The vapor trails of the jet bombers are a constant source of wonder to the Moorish pop ulation of the countryside. In Tazenakht, far to the south, Jean and I had squatted with a Berber family at the door of their kasba, looking up at the silvery trails. "The Americans are trying to make rain," the Berber father informed us solemnly. "They can make clouds, but they cannot make it rain. Only Allah can do that. Still, they are trying to help us!" He was right, but for the wrong reason. The Americans aren't trying to make it rain, but they are there to help him. Those bases help protect the entire free world. Morocco, our new neighbor, is part of that world. American and Moor are helping each other.