Morocco’s African Immigrants Fear Rising Racism Tide

Jalal al Makhfi, Fox News, September 6, 2013

“Is it a crime now, being an immigrant?” asks Eric Williams, a Cameroonian living in Rabat, where the murder of a Senegalese man has stoked fears among Morocco’s sub-Saharan community.

On August 12, Ismaila Faye, 31, was stabbed to death near the capital’s central bus station during an argument with a Moroccan over seating, according to the preliminary investigation.

Local media highlighted the racist nature of the attack, sparking concerns of a rise in hostile behaviour towards black Africans, many of whom pass through Morocco illegally in their quest to reach Europe and a new life.

A week after the murder, hundreds of mostly Senegalese immigrants gathered outside the morgue in Rabat to pay homage to the victim and protest against racism.


Just a stone’s throw from Spain, Morocco has increasingly become a permanent home for sub-Saharans seeking a better life in Europe but unable to get there, with local NGOs putting the estimated number of them at more than 20,000.

But their coexistence with Moroccans is often fraught with difficulty.

Earlier in the summer, notices appeared in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, baldly stating that sub-Saharan immigrants were barred from renting certain properties.

“Our situation is really bad. Nearly 15 immigrants were attacked in just one week,” says Williams, who heads an anti-racism group in Morocco.


Williams says some Moroccans are fundamentally opposed to their presence, which they see as a threat to their jobs, in a city where unemployed youths stage regular street protests demanding work.

In Morocco’s main cities, sub-Saharan women are often to be found begging at the side of the road, while young men try to peddle their wares, selling anything from cheap watches to polished wood carvings.

“I don’t understand why some Moroccans treat Africans in a contemptuous way. Coming here I thought I would be in a neighbourly country, a brother country,” Williams says.

Anna Bayns, a Senegalese student at Rabat University, agrees that violence against the sub-Saharan community is on the rise, even if there are no official statistics to prove it.

“We are often referred to as ‘negroes’,” she said.


Several months ago, Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders raised the alarm over increased violence by the authorities against illegal migrants, and announced that it was closing its projects in Morocco in protest.

Contacted by AFP, the head of migration and border control at the interior ministry, Khalid Zerouali, insists that authorities’ main objective is to “protect citizens”, adding that their “(border) security strategy is directed against criminal networks” and no one else.

“Our African brothers are welcome, but within the law.”


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  • Spartacus

    Another case of “Cannibalism amongst the Oppressed” ? I love it when it happens. And it happens a lot, thankfully …

  • D.B. Cooper

    The U.N. Solution: These oppressed people will be settled in areas with plenty of room. Namely, The United States and Canada for starters, then Europe and Australia, even Russia.

    • The apparently “empty” areas of the United States and Australia are that way for good reason: there isn’t any water.

      • D.B. Cooper

        Don’t you know by now, our government is willing to drain any lake, ruin any aquifer, and cause the extinction of several species all in the name of diversity.

      • Chris Granzow XI

        Shhh…..don’t tell them that until after they get dropped off in the middle of the outback.

      • Kit Ingoldby

        I hear that there’s a lot of empty room in Antarctica.

    • dukem1

      Uh, I’m not sure if I agree with your detective work on that one.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I’m sure U.N. officials would love nothing more than to flood Russia with Third Worlders, but Russia is never going to allow that (thankfully).

        • Romulus

          Correct. Russia had a problem with only a hangul of blacks trying to emigrate (footballers and one nowhere from Philly who married a blonde Russian and works in govt/see Phila inquirer for full story). Anyhow, the Russian people went ballistic and the door shut on negroe immigration for the most part.

  • Ronald

    “We are often referred to as ‘negroes’,” she said.”

    This is outrageous. Until the Africans are beneficiary to politically correct-speak by being referred to as merely White people with dark skin, how can they be expected to take their rightful place among the world’s advanced peoples?


    • dukem1

      Maybe “Afro-Africans”?

  • APaige

    Maybe we should send Arms to Morocco. Then send Arms to the illegal Africans. Having Muslims killing Africans before they can get to Europe and Africans killing Muslims are two of the three wishes I received after finding a bottle on the shore. (The third wish was a cold beer)

  • kjh64

    Africans don’t want Whites or others in large numbers running their countries or living in them. Africans kicked out White farmers in Zim and S. Africa, saying Whites didn’t belong so why do Africans think they belong outside their countries?

    • dukem1

      Because, they’re, like, really stupid.

  • joesolargenius

    I once had a very verbal confrontation with an officer in the Marine Corps and only found out afterward that I had orders for Embassy Duty in Morroco , they used that as an excuse to keep me where I was for another eighteen months . I have often wondered what it would have been like to have that on my resume and what kind of experiences I would have had over there.

  • Rick Brooks

    And Africa’s Negro population is projected to explode in the coming decades…

    • Libs are We Todd Ed

      If libs could FULLY grasp the concept of “Don’t Feed The Wildlife” this would not be a concern.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ” a Cameroonian living in Rabat, where the murder of a Senegalese man has stoked fears among Morocco’s sub-Saharan community.”

    Seems like diversity is just as confusing in Africa as it is in America.

  • IstvanIN

    To the King of Morocco:
    One race, one realm, one ruler.

  • John R

    Good for the Moroccans. At least if they are bad enough to the “sub” Africans they can perhaps act as a buffer discouraging more from coming north into the White nations of Europe. Isn’t it strange, though, that in Europe, there is so much crime and violence by the immigrants against the locals, but that in Morocco the situation is EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE? Seems that it is only Whites who are not allowed to be racist, even in our own countries. But, then again, maybe the multiculturalists do have a point: There IS something that we can learn from Third World people after all. Like how to handle an influx of illegals!

    • Sick of it

      Mexico is certainly not nice to their illegal immigrants, yet they expect us to accept theirs with open arms.

      • Bossman

        Who are their illegal immigrants? If they are Central Americans, then it can’t be racism since they speak the same language and are of the same ethnic groups.

        • Sloppo

          I understand that Guatemalans who cross the border tend to receive particularly harsh treatment in Mexico.

        • Sick of it

          Contrary to what you believe, yet again, Mexicans do not like Indians in the slightest. Many of those Central American illegals are more or less Indians. They still murder them in cold blood in Mexico today (and I’m talking about those Indians who have Mexican citizenship). You’ll find most Indians in Mexico live in their own provinces or villages away from the Mestizos.

          • John R

            Just on a side not: Why don’t the Mexicans call their Indians “Native Mexicans”? But we are supposed to call ours “Native Americans”. The Indians of Mexico can lay claim to the title native more than the Indians of the US. Why? Because, before the Spanish arrived their WAS a political entity, comprising most of the people of Mexico, then in existence: It was the Aztec Empire, and it’s tributary states. And, btw, the original name of the Aztecs was the “Mexica.” Needless to say, no such political entity existed in the United States before the Founding Fathers (White People) established it. The Indians were never part of the population, and not even citizens until 1920. Just a few thoughts.

          • Sick of it

            I’m guessing you mean that Indians in Mexico weren’t considered citizens until 1920? Because a number of tribes were graciously offered citizenship as Americans starting under Andrew Jackson and that’s excluding the mixed marriages which occurred before that time. Or are you referring to Plains Indians? The 14th Amendment may have been construed to recognize original inhabitants of American as American citizens (as opposed to invaders from elsewhere)…honestly I have no idea.

          • John R

            My point is just this: From the first, Indians were a part of Mexican society; even BEFORE the Spanish Conquest, there was a “Mexico” of a sort. In contrast, the Indians were not part of the colonial society that grew into the United States. So, there are “Native Mexicans” but NOT “Native Americans” unless you mean White people who lived in the country for many generations. Hope that clears it up.

          • Sick of it

            The Indians in Mexico were the original inhabitants and have been treated like garbage by the coyotes, mestizos, or whatever else you’d like to call the current majority population. They are such a part of modern Mexico that they really do live in areas completely segregated from the rest of society, by and large, to protect themselves.

  • e2657383

    Then don’t move to Morocco.

  • Funruffian

    Moroccans are respectable. For the most part they are hard working and live fairly responsible lives. What is happening to them is similar to what happened to India 80 years ago.

    • Sick of it

      That’s not what the French say about them.

  • dukem1

    Japan? “Yellow Privilege.”

  • Sick of it

    Sadly, garbage like that was peddled quite often in the 19th century as well. It’s amazing to read travel narratives and other historical writings from prior to the 19th century then compare it to the more liberal 19th century writings then compare it to the insane modern writings. Our people lost their minds in a mere 200 years.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    rt. com/art-and-culture/harassment-women-sofie-peeters-606/

  • 20,000? My advice to the Moroccans is to get busy with the deportations now, whilst it is still feasible.

  • Wethepeople

    That’s their prime target, this is why we must come together.

    Kith and kin.

  • Bossman

    Didn’t Mohammed say that all men are brothers, it seems that the hordes of Islam have trouble living up to their ideals.

    • Sick of it

      Muslims have abused, murdered, and committed genocide against blacks for centuries. The funny thing about that is that so many of them have also intermarried with blacks. But I’ve assumed muslims are crazy for years.

      • Bossman

        You could call it the Arab/Muslim model for race relations.

        • Sick of it

          Not that I’m advocating it, but peaceful intermarriage makes a bit more sense than genocide and certainly much more than a combination of the two.

  • Sloppo

    Most countries of western civilization seem to have great difficulty managing borders. North Koreans can manage borders pretty well, but they have very poor economic conditions in their country. Perhaps we could hire a bunch of North Korean “border consultants” and make it a win-win situation for western civilization and North Korea.

  • Funruffian

    I didn’t know that. I retract my prior statement. I am certain they have a median IQ higher than the Sub-Saharan Africans. Not by much though.

    • Sick of it

      Moroccans are black and white mixes. It wasn’t always that way, but I’m pretty sure the entire population is by now. Muslims seem to enjoy that sort of thing.

  • Romulus

    I remember watching that movie. I believe some street justice was delivered ,if memory serves.

  • introspection

    Most of you are descendants of refugees or convicts. It is important that you all remember that.

  • introspection

    It is always the below average guy who wants to be above average by virtue of things he has done nothing to ‘achieve’ like skin color. Bigots invariably come from the below average gene pool.