Taki el Mehdi, the oldest living Moroccan just celebrated his 124th birthday in Ouarzazate. On this occasion, the man delivered the secrets of his longevity.
|Taki el Mehdi at 124|
Taki el Mehdi is healthy. He watches what he eats and mainly consumes natural products. "I eat healthy and natural food, including soup made of barley and wheat," he said. This elderly farmer lives with his family in a small house in a humble neighbourhood of Ouarzazate, close to the desert, where the thermometer often reads 40 degrees in the shade.
Despite his advanced years, the thin-faced man still walks with only a cane. He says he has never set foot in a hospital. The most impressive thing is that his memory is still intact. El Mehdi Taki is able, without hesitation, to recite his family tree, saying that one of his ancestors was Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alawite dynasty of Morocco. He also remembers, "the Second World War very well and the worst famine, which hit Morocco seriously in 1941," while the country was under the French protectorate.
The View from Fez wishes him a happy birthday!