Being black in Morocco: 'I get called a slave'

 
The latest cover of Maroc Hebdo magazine—seen as racist by some, defended by others—has launched a national debate on the struggles faced by sub-Saharan Africans living in Morocco.
 
“The Black Peril.” That's the controversial headline that the Moroccan weekly ran on its cover last week to tease to an article about the rise in the number of immigrants from sub-Saharan African, many of whom come to Morocco in the hopes of making it to Europe. Many are turned back and end up staying in Morocco, where they live in poverty. Some end up taking part in illegal activities to make a living. According to Morocco’s Interior ministry, there are about 10,000 illegal immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa living in the country. Human rights organisations estimate this number higher as closer to 15,000.
 
Headline: "The Black Peril."
 
Moroccan authorities are taking an increasingly strict approach to immigration from sub-Saharan Africa. Immigrants without residency permits are quickly expelled. The European Union’s ambassador to Morocco, Eneko Landaburu, recently called the treatment of these immigrants “problematic”, a sentiment echoed by the Moroccan Human Rights Organisation. Meanwhile, the Moroccan labour minister, Abdelouahed Souhail, accused sub-Saharan African immigrants of being in part responsible for the country’s employment crisis.
 
The International Organisation for Migration recently launched a campaign to raise 620,000 euros to help send some 1,000 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa home.
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"Young Moroccans have physically assaulted me on several occasions, for no reason"

Joseph (not his real name) is from Guinea. He lives in Casablanca, where he studies computing at a local university. He is a legal resident.
 
I came here to study computing thanks to a grant from my country. I’ve been here for four years, and for four years I’ve been a victim of racism. It happens all the time, everywhere.
 
The most awful incident took place at the airport. I was with my aunt, who was heading back to Guinea and had a lot of luggage. Other passengers from sub-Saharan countries, seeing her struggle to carry it, came to help her get it onto the plane, but an airline employee stopped them, saying she had to deal with it on her own because she was black. I replied in Arabic, and he replied by hitting me in the head. I told him I was going to file a complaint, and he said, sarcastically: “That’s right, go complain to the king!” I never did file a complaint.
 
Often, when I’m just walking down the street, people will call me a “dirty black man” or call me a slave. Young Moroccans have physically assaulted me on several occasions, for no reason, and passers-by who saw this didn’t lift a finger to help me. All my friends are black and they have all had similar experiences. Even the girls get insulted in the street. To avoid getting hurt, I now try to ignore the insults. But if someone starts to hit me, what can I do? I have to defend myself...
 
In two years, I’ll be done with my studies, and I certainly don’t intend to stay in Morocco to look for work. Even if someone were to offer me a job here, I would rather go home to Guinea.
 
In 2005, a regional magazine published in the country's north had already created a controversy by dedicating an issue to "the black crickets invading Morocco's north."
 

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Morocco

I cannot comment on how Moroccans treat black people but i have always found them to be friendly and warm to me. I have been 4 times so have some experience.

When we see pictures of what do look like hordes of people trying to get across the channel from France to England (just for the money) , it is worrying...

People need to sort out their own country's problems and not just go somewhere else where its easier..

England used to be a barbaric "island of apes" (Essex still is.. ) but we have mostly got our act together. Thats without a nice warm climate as well..

racism on this planet

I FOUND THIS VERY DISTRUBING CALL MY PEOPLE BLACK CRICKETS......BEFORE LEPROSY PEOPLE INVADED AFRICA AND CHOP UP THE AFRICA. KNOWNING WELL THERE WAS NO SUCH THING CALL MIDDLE DAMN EAST.............. ALL THAT WAS BLACK LAND NOW LEPROSY DONE PUSH BLACKS BACK TAKE ALL THEIR LAND.....WITH YOU HALFBREED MEANINGS HALF BLACK AND HALF LEPROSY LIVING THERE NOW.....HALF LEPER PEOPLE TELLING BLACKS WHERE THEY CAN LIVE AT.

North Africa was black?

North Africa was black? Vefore Arabs, it was inhabited by berbers, numidians greek, latin and phoenician colonists, semitic people, egyptians etc.
Black africa started in southern egypt

If you are interested about

If you are interested about history and want to look away from the false hitory you have been taught growing up please look up black Pharos and where ancient Egypt actually was before it was warred upon in succession by the Syrians, Greeks, Romans, and then Syrian decent again. That's all within 1000 BC and 1000 AD so the trouble of having Egypt was not worth by the biblical Nubians/kushites who fortified there second capital of Meroe and hold it in Ethiopia to this day. All this also happened to the "indiginous" population of North Africa in turn. But to be fair Northwest Africa has been mixed race for over 2000 years with the Phoenician settlements like Carthage and with that later the spread of Islam through the continent. It was only after the Arabic Muslims were pushed out of Spain in the beggining of European golden ages did North Africa become predominantly Arabic by the European displacement of people. Arabic monarchies and governments were established on the bases of being of direct decent from the prophet muhhamed. Remember, if you haven't been taught this doesn't make it untrue. I encourage you to look any fact up. There are lil facts from Africa but rather from the journals of other ancient civilizations like true roman accounts. You have to understand Islam burned non Islamic texts in purges throughout 500-1500 AD. Christianity in the swing of power finished off anything remaining after that. Just like Spanish accounts of monks gathering all of the native South American texts and setting them ablaze in the 16th century. So in short a lot of things have been hiddin in history to keep exploiting the slave trade by making the rest of the world that hasn't been to Africa feel that "sub-saharans" are sub-human, by not giving us our history you take our backing which is our pride. The only thing Africans can be ashamed of is that we did not employ the same ruthless tactics and killing machines as other civs (which we are catching up on today after years of oppression) and lost our hubs of information and trading along the Mediterranean allowing for the robbing of our continent and the massive encroachment of our ancestral lands and loss of history. I encourage you to look that up and if this applies to you look up how the enter breeding of modern man and Neanderthal made what is the European/Eurasian/middle eastern/slavic race. And think about that before you ever call me a monkey again. Look it up, white ppl are talking about it. That means it has to be right, right? Sincerely from ya nigga.

I am living in Morocco. The

I am living in Morocco. The lack of love, understanding and tolerance between Moroccans is disturbing. They seem like perrenially frustrated children, no matter the age. Shouting matches break out between Moroccan co-workers in staff meetings. Students can't talk to each other, only ridicule and blame. The way foreigners are treated at my work is really worth noting, as well. My Moroccans collegue seem to have a complex about keeping out any new ideas that threaten their small-mindedness and lack of motivation. Actually the Moroccans I have met act like slaves, never taking any joy or pride in their work. What kind of values are taught in the families? Where is the tolerance? There's so much negativity, bitterness, blame, obvious hatred and jealousy practiced amongst the Moroccan population I am embarrassed to say I am not surprised at the headlines nor at the abuse others speak of in their responses. This is the unhappiest, most closed-minded and negative population I have lived within in almost 20 years as an expat living abroad. When my contract is up I leave and will do my best to erase this unhappy people from my memory.

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There is no difference in

There is no difference in Islam concerning races and some Moroccans are racists, I witnessed it first hand as Moroccan woman. and it is a shame. Allah does not love those who transgress and oppress.

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I AGREE WITH U

Hey bro , i'm moroccan , you should know that not all moroccans are the same , you will find bad people and good people everywhere , in morocco we have also black people in the south , it's not a racism , it's a big problem , i live in the north , tanger , some of your people have the same experience , but there is a reason for that , some of your people can't find job here , then they can do anything...for example they attack women , they stole phones ...not all of you but some of your people do that , that's why u will live this experience , and please do not say that there is no reasons , ...there is many reasoons for that , ...another reason...some black people sell stolen phones...broken devices...a lot of bad things , ..

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