The Psychology Of Desperate People: 15 Dead, 40 Injured In Food Stampede In Morocco

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

In prepper lore, there is a theory about how badly desperate people are likely to behave.

Many folks outside the community scoff at this theory. They believe that we have become more civilized than to utilize violent measures when hunger strikes.

But an incident in Morocco the other day showed us exactly how hungry people behave.

And it isn’t pretty.

Food was being distributed in a rural market in Sidi Boulaalam, a poor village. Women had come to the market with baskets to get food for their families, when suddenly, what could only be described as a stampede erupted.

 

At least 15 women died and five were wounded in a stampede during a food distribution operation on Sunday morning in rural Morocco, government officials said.

 

The victims were crushed as hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered to collect baskets of food at the market…

 

…In the aftermath of the stampede, clothes and other personal items were left scattered across the ground. (source)

That number was later updated to 40 people who were injured in the crush.

Witnesses told local media that this year’s annual food aid distribution at a local market in Sidi Boulaalam, an impoverished town with just over 8,000 inhabitants, attracted a larger crowd than usual.

 

“This year there were lots of people, several hundred people,” a witness who asked to remain anonymous told AFP news agency.

 

“People shoved, they broke down the barriers,” he said, adding that the injured had been evacuated to a hospital in Marrakesh. (source)

Here’s a video of the aftermath in this Tweet. (If it won’t play for you, go here.)

The value of the food being handed out? $16

15 families were left without mothers over $16 of food. To be fair, villagers in that part of the world live on about $3 per day, but still – this shows what desperation can do.

It’s not just Morocco.

It happens somewhere in the world every day. Here are some acts of desperation that have happened just in recent months.

When you are desperate, the normal rules do not apply.

Every year, we get a glimpse of this kind of insanity in America

Every year, on “Black Friday” we get a glimpse of the kind of behavior that causes people to be crushed to death and assaulted. The day after Thanksgiving (ironically) people get up before daylight, stand in line, and shove their way through a crowd to get the best deals. (Stay tuned this weekend for the 2017 Black Friday Hall of Shame.)

And they aren’t even hungry.

People climb all over each other for cheap electronics. Fistfights erupt over vegetable steamers. People are ready to throw down and do battle for sale priced bath towels and televisions.

I’d hazard a guess that folks who spend time and money fighting over electronics are not the kind of people who prep. That means that these are the people who will be hungry in a long-term disaster.  Look at those people, stampeding to get to a sale on things that they don’t actually need to survive. Their inhibitions are loosened because those around them are behaving in the same way.

You have to look at the psychology of this.

People can justify pretty much anything when they or their children are starving. And I can understand that to a large degree – who could stand to watch their babies suffering?  But if someone can devolve to the above degree just to because everyone else is doing it, the chaos we saw above is only a tiny sample of what could come if people were truly hungry.

The line between civilization and THIS is very thin.

Desperate people do desperate things.

We need to be prepared by having the essential supplies on hand to keep us from becoming one of those desperate people in the middle of a stampede for a few days’ worth of food, but what’s more, we need to be prepared for the prospect of those desperate people. Keeping a low profile is the best defense but sometimes it’s not enough.

In a desperate situation, you have to be ready for desperate people to behave in a desperate manner. It happens in real life all the time. Somewhere on this planet, someone is desperate and they will do anything to meet their needs.

It only takes one person to start the charge in a tense scenario, and when that happens, the others will follow.

Don’t count on the rules of “civilization” to save you.

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cherry picker's picture

People are forgetting how to survive.  Live close to water and ground which can be used for growing stuff and have storage facilities in case crops go bad for a year or two.  Keep chickens and other animals. 

Why a town of 8,000 people cannot eat is beyond me, unless it does not offer the basics for survival.

Good luck if you live in a concrete jungle, it won't be pretty if things go south and it has done so in the past and will happen again.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

Get ready for the annual Black Friday Ghetto mobs fighting over a crap TV.

Imagine how fast it will take for those mobs to show up the day EBT payments are not paid.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Aren’t we lucky?

Most of the west eating became an enjoyment. A menu of choices. Some chefs became TV celebrity.

But for many humans food still an act of desperation.

 

css1971's picture

"Aren't we lucky?"

Yeah. Pure fucking random chance.

God Emperor's picture

I guess we're lucky because all the advancements made by the ones telling themselves We waz kingz and shiet.

What we would do without them?

Whaaat?

Ohh the humanity...just imagine the conditions we would be living in if it weren't for those kingz lending a helping hand

Miss Informed's picture

They didn’t advance the competition at the spelling bee

UndertheDRADIS's picture

I have noticed a decided lack of "We wuz Kangz" people wanting to return to their continent-sized Safe Space. I have also noticed a decided surplus of of "We wuz Kangz" people wanting to live in the White Christian Cisgender-male created countries. Weird.

Sudden Debt's picture

WELL, WHAT'S CALLED A FUCKING RANDOM CHANCE BY YOU ALL 

IS THE FACT THAT "THE WHITE MAN" CIVILISATION MANAGED TO CREATE A CONSUMER SOCIETY WHERE FOOD WAS AVAILABLE TO ALL!

 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IN THE WEST, EVEN POOR PEOPLE ARE FAT!!!!!!!!!

 

WHAT THIS SHOWS IS MORE LIKE WHAT AWAITS YOU EVERY FUCKING TIME A COLORED PERSON THINKS HE KNOWS A BETTER AND MORE FAIR SYSTEM TO DISTRIBUTE EVERYTHING TO THE MASSES.

ONLY WHITE PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN A CIVILISED SOCIETY

 

SO PREPPING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT ONLY SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LIVE IN A CONTROLED SOCIETY WHERE LIBERTIES DON'T EXIST FOR THE POOR!!

 

AND WE ARE HEADING THAT WAY!!!!!!!!!

 

PREPPING WILL DO SHIT ABOUT YOU PROBLEM BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER STORE ENOUGH TO WEATHER THROUGH 20 YEARS OF HUNGER!!!!

LET ALONE 4 GENERATIONS OF STARVATION!!!!!!

 

SO IN SHORT: EVEN PREPPERS WILL GO FUCKING HUNGRY AND THIS WRITER HAS NO FUCKING CLUE!!!!!!!!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

That's why free men have guns, and slaves don't.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

Not my problem. If you want to work for a charity group, by all means, go for it.

Teja's picture

It will become your problem when parts of you are in the stove, waiting to be eaten.

JohnGaltUk's picture

We made it that way and now the socialist want to destroy it by telling folks they are entitled to free shit.

" I dont have to pay for gas in my car now Yay " REMEMBER THAT.

wally_12's picture

Add to socialist definition the "MSM" providing nightly examples of freeloaders unable to obtain Cadillac health care and free everything. Plus, denigrating the right of hard working individual to protect themselves and their property with firearms.

Flankspeed60's picture

We are indeed lucky folks. We enjoy wealth, health, comfort and opportunities most of the world cannot imagine. The majority of us (for now) acquired these treasures mainly because our European (mostly Christian) ancestors suffered unimaginable privations on our behalf. We are heirs to their sacrifices, nonetheless, I suspect most of us believe we owe the sum of our personal wealth and station entirely to our own cleverness. Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect upon our good fortune, our personal limitations, and to surmise what life would be like if genetics and geography had played out differently for us. Perhaps we could ‘gift ourselves’ by exchanging a bit of smugness for humility and empathy, lay aside for a moment the vitriol of our politics, and exude the tiniest drop of altruism by sharing food with a needy stranger. I will do this while I thank God for my ability to do so.

css1971's picture

No. The word is "successful". Not lucky, or fortunate.

The ones who relied on luck, the lucky, died during cold winters, leaving only those who didn't rely on luck at all.

We continue to be successful,  not lucky. The world, nature will continue to commit genocide against the lucky.

Flankspeed60's picture

Sorry, friend. NEVER, ever, bet against the 'lucky.'

MisterMousePotato's picture

It is winter. I live in a fairly cold part of the country. My house is far from air tight and mostly uninsulated.

And yet, I am sitting here in my kitchen wearing only a shirt, but I am warm.

"Luck" has nothing to do with it. My house is warm because I brought in, split, stacked, seasoned, and covered eight cords of wood in July.

Luck has nothing to do with it.

Fortunately, I enjoy the activity immensely. Luck might have something to do with that.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"Luck" is determined by where the barrel of a gun is aimed, and by who is doing the shooting.

Flankspeed60's picture

You are 'lucky.' Let me count the ways:

You are lucky every one of your antecedents survived.

You are lucky Christians settled this land first, instead of Muhammadans.

You are lucky disease and an even harsher winter did not wipe out the early colony.

If you are of white, European descent, you have inherited an aggregation of genetic attributes that make you better suited to an industrialized, more productive, more prosperous society. That would make you lucky.

You are lucky to have been sufficiently healthy to earn a living to acquire the resources to own a home and to be able to chop wood. Your health is in great part a genetic crap shoot.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

 

MisterMousePotato's picture

Not a day goes by that I don't feel profoundly blessed.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Governments love unarmed sheeple who they continue to milk, shear, and butcher at every opportunity. The fat cats in their castles will always continue to enjoy the spectacle of pee-ons fighting over the crumbs dropped in the dirt.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Not to be smug, but are those needy strangers at the soup kitchen gonna be taking selfies with Michele Obama with $1000 iPhones paid for by taxpayer money?

Cuz it ain't altruism at work.

It's fucking thievery.

Flankspeed60's picture

Not everyone in need is a parasite, and children have no choice in the matter. 'Thievery' is when a corrupt government takes my money at gunpoint, robbing me of the opportunity to provide voluntary and selective charity. I cannot blame the recipients of my stolen goods when their government benefactors encouraged and enabled their actions under color of law.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

One of the problems we face on this is that the temporarily unfortunate have been lumped in with bums, junkies, and lunatics as part of "The Homeless." This is like how slapping a woman on the ass has been lumped with rape as "Sexual Assault." We used to hang rapists, institutionalize junkies and lunatics, and escort bums to the city limits.

The net result of these conflations of dissimilar things is that we now yawn at both.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

While you yawn, the silver and gold filings of your teeth are stolen by the revenooers and their masters.

BigWillyStyle887's picture

Why are people always starving in communist countries though? Its almost as if, in the absence of the inscentive for profit, people dont feel like working!

land_of_the_few's picture

Nothing to do with the glorious benefits of the ever-so-grassroots Arab Spring, then?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

It has way more to do with self-sufficiency and correct economic policies than luck.

css1971's picture

You could eat a town of 8000 people.

 

P.s. people aren't forgetting.  They are willfully stupid.

Sudden Debt's picture

99% of the population is dumb as fuck.

And I'm not talking about the education they had...

dumb as fuck about life.

Captain Nemo de Erehwon's picture

I am sure gold biscuits and bitcoin cookies would have helped so much ...after all they have intrinsic value. $16 ...and people are ready to fight and get killed over it. That is how much the basic essentials are worth. Without a full-blown crisis of course, no one wants to understand that ownership of resources is key and there is no free trade if a few people own all the resources and then make others work for them, for their survival.

ted41776's picture

this is what democracy looks like

Nomad Trader's picture

In other news government figures show inflation falling to 0.1% in Q3 on slowing demand for food and energy..

SoDamnMad's picture

I'm surprised Morroco hasn't bought a half dozen F-35s or a submarine or two. Then again all military aged med are up in Europe raping and murdering. 

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

Breaking news: a navy aircraft crashed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. 11 involved (dead, alive). Search and rescue underway.

Also the NK guy survived and the surgeon said he was infested with 25 cm parasites. I am guessing tape worms.

That had to be horrible for the med team.

TheSilentMajority's picture

As they say, the difference between civilization and anarchy/bloodshed is about two or three days without food.

css1971's picture

Ironically most Americans could survive 6 months on fat reserves alone.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

I better ask Mrs. UndertheDRADIS for more arepas. I can only last 145 days before I hit a decent weight.

AnarchistRex's picture

You misuse the word "Anarchy" -- using it the way the Statist propagandists use it.

Anarchy means "without rulers" ... not "without rules" ... it seems that your overlord masters have trained you well.

Snout the First's picture

To quote Kropotkin,  "I fear hierarchy more than I fear anarchy "

css1971's picture

Yeah... But but how does a small group take down a crowd of hundreds?

 

Btw ... all those zombie movies? This.

 

any_mouse's picture

That reminds me, Black Friday is coming!!! The horror.

EddieLomax's picture

Few, their just Muslims, isn't it wonderful how their system of keeping women as property to breed at maximum rates ends up with turning each and every country into a total shithole.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Yes, it is a shame if true. I kind of doubt that it is true, but have no concrete reason to disbelieve, except that as much as the media wants to make people believe that humans are animals, in fact humans are better than that.

George Bush League's picture

"You have to look at the psychology of this." Humans by nature are just assholes in one form or another.  The first order of business is to purge society of all psychopaths and sociopaths, the technology is available to cat-scan or MRI the population. Then geneticists can weed out the genes.

buzzsaw99's picture

they'll be back next year in even greater numbers.  the way they breed they'll make up for the loss of population quickly.  starvation is no reason to stop reproducing for much of the world.  this is why the zombies can't lose in the long run.

pparalegal's picture

And millionaire ball throwers who disrespect the system wonder why they get no respect from thinking people.

GuyJeans's picture

A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!