A woman suffering from mental illness works in a restaurant of Morocco's Hadaf association on September 26, 2017 in the capital Rabat. / AFP / FADEL SENNA
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In a country where nearly half of people with mental disabilities are unemployed, one restaurant in the Moroccan capital is part of a pilot project tackling the problem.The jobless rate for people with mental disabilities is 47.65 percent, four times the average in a country which has 2.3 million disabled, according to a study published last year by the Families Ministry.Just 41.8 percent of disabled youngsters aged between 6 and 17 go to school, and in the 6 to 11 range that figure falls to 37.8 percent.The restaurant is part of the Hadaf Center – Hadaf means "goal" in Arabic – that was established 20 years ago by a group of parents and friends of people dealing with mental disabilities.Today, it looks after 90 young people in the greater Rabat area, with more on the waiting list.The Hadaf Center also has a guest house that provides some income and gives the young people the chance to socialize, Mesfer said.
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