Casablanca- Are there any evangelists in the Rif? Daily Al Massae’s recent investigation in the Rif region attempted to answer this question.
Casablanca– Are there any evangelists in the Rif? Daily Al Massae’s recent investigation in the Rif region attempted to answer this question.
Daily Moroccan newspaper Al Massae recently published the results of an investigation it had conducted in the Rif region on some suspicious activities carried out by foreign people residing there.
The investigation, published by the daily newspaper this weekend, began after a complaint was lodged by a Sheikh in a popular area of Al Hoceima against an American citizen there.
According to the testimonies provided by the inhabitants of the region, Al Massae reports that the Americans residing in the town of Ait Kamra settled there after the earthquake that struck the city of Al Hoceima in order to provide direct assistance to people who were reconstructing their homes at that time.
According to Al Massae, there are several indicators that suggest the Americans they were engaging in proselytism to convert the local residents to Christianity. Some of these indicators are the buildings constructed without a permit in which they reside, the residents’ insistence on staying in the area.
However, according to the Moroccan newspaper, the Spanish were the first to practice proselytism in the Rif region through certain humanitarian activities, such as providing support to associations.
The investigation conducted by Al Massae has raised questions regarding the real purpose behind the humanitarian activities carried out in some underserved areas. Whether or not the purpose of these activities in the region is proselytism is still an unanswered question.
Last month, Moroccan authorities arrested an American citizen suspected of engaging in missionary activities in the city of Al Houceima. The suspect had lived in the region since the 2004 earthquake.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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