By Ferdaws Aharrar
By Ferdaws Aharrar
Tangier – Immigrants now living in Morocco have embraced Morocco, a country that has welcomed them warmly, and become a part of Moroccan society.
Medi1 TV interviewed some immigrants as guests on its “Generation News” show. They shared their mostly positive experiences living in Morocco. Unfortunately, their experiences have also had a dark side.
Generation News’ host, Oussama Benjeloun, recently interviewed four guests on his show, each with a different nationality, who have lived in Morocco long enough to acquire the Moroccan dialect of Arabic and have also become accustomed to Moroccan culture. They called Morocco their second country and discussed matters of belonging and integration.
Oscar, originally from Senegal, is an assistant manager of a restaurant in Tangier. He shared an account of an incident that he experienced with a Moroccan child in the town where he lives. “I got out of the taxi and stood by a shop and right above where I was standing I heard someone calling: ‘Ebola! Ebola!,’” he explained.
With a good sense of humor and a smile he added: “I started wondering to myself: ‘Where is he? Who is Ebola?’ When I looked up, I discovered it was a little child who was calling to me from the window of his house!”
Oscar replied with the simplest response: “He was just a child. He will grow up and one day he will understand. I have other important things to worry about rather than make a scene about it.”
Immigrants like Oscar who have decided to settle in Morocco for various reasons admire the diversity of Moroccan culture and have found peace, belonging, and home in this country. They are living what they might call their “Moroccan Dream.” However, they understand that there might be situations where unpleasant incidents occur due to lack of understanding or awareness, but they have chosen the Moroccan life style, embraced it, and want to be assimilated into it in order to experience peace and harmony.