Morocco: Rapper found dead

16 June 2015


The Moroccan rapper Rifinox (real name: Husain Belkich) was found dead on 22 March 2015 after having been missing for over two weeks.

He was reported missing by his family on 2 March 2015, when he did not return from going shopping in the neighbourhood. His decomposed body was found by a group of hikers and could only be identified through his belongings, including his shoes.

His body was placed in the morgue of the hospital in Nador El Hassani. An autopsy should be carried out on the body to determine the circumstances of his death, deemed suspicious by authorities and his family.

Rifinox was known as a defender of the Rif culture and identity, and for the societal themes, commitment and individual thinking embodied in his rap songs. Through his works, Rifinox in particular emphasized the socio-political and economic inequalities in his local environment.

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