in northern Morocco with anything between
20,000 and 80,000 inhabitants, enjoying
semi-independence (unofficial) from
the rest of the country. It lies in
the Rif Mountains, in a section called
Ketama Mountains, with peeks reaching
heights of 2,448 metres.
The largest settlement in the region
is the town of Ketama or Issaguen, while
the large village of Tleta-Ketama 8
km south lies in the centre of Ketama
Ketama's status as semi-independent
is well illustrated by the absence of
Moroccan police here as well as no Moroccan
flags on any house or building.
The main produce of the region is
the production and export of hashish.
Moroccan authorities are either unable
to control the region, due to the strength
of local lords, or allows its semi-independece
to have an excuse to benefit itself
from the production of hashish despite
much pressure from the European Union
to bring it to an end. Tourism was earlier
of importance, Ketama both having skiing
opportunities and forests ideal for
Ketama is poorly connected to other
urban centres of Morocco by winding,
mountain roads. Fez is 175 km south,
Al-Hoceima 115 km northeast and Chefchaouen
110 km west.
The population are Berbers, speaking