New York - Recently, a group of Belgians living in Morocco has decided to speak out against the way in which Morocco and Moroccans are portrayed in some Belgian media.
New York – Recently, a group of Belgians living in Morocco has decided to speak out against the way in which Morocco and Moroccans are portrayed in some Belgian media.
“As Belgians resident in Morocco for many years, we love our host country, which has embarked on a positive and modern path in many fields,” said the Belgian group in a communiqué sent to Morocco World News.
“We deplore the information about Morocco and Moroccans, which are often biased,” they added.
The move followed the terrorists attack that shook Paris in November 2015, and Brussels in March 2016. The common denominator of these terrorist attacks is that they were perpetrated, generally, by people of Moroccan descent.
Following these attacks, some Western media, including in Belgium, rather than blaming their politician’s failure to integrate these lone wolves in their respective countries of birth and citizenship, they focused on their country of origin and have been subtly accusing Morocco of being a breeding ground for terrorism.
While engaging in their biased campaign, these sources of media have been oblivious to Morocco’s leading efforts at the international level to fight extremism and terrorism. Evidence of these efforts is the fact that Morocco helped France locate the whereabouts of Abdeladim Abouad, the mastermind behind the Paris attacks.
In order to redress the situation, a group of Belgian expatriates living in Morocco, called “Belges du Maroc,” decided to tell the world about their experience in Morocco and rebuke all the disinformation and preconceived ideas that some media propagate about Morocco.
“Spontaneously and with determination, we have decided to raise awareness in Belgium and elsewhere about the realities of the Cherifian Kingdom as we witness them on a daily basis,” the Belgian group pointed out.
The communique echoes the feeling of a majority of the Belgian expatriates living in Morocco. In a TV program that aired on Belgian TV, RTL last Febraury many Belgians said that Morocco “is a safe haven amidst a rough sea of turbulences, threats and insecurity, perhaps even safer than Europe these days.”
According to the same report, the Belgian community in Morocco, estimated at about 40,000 people, is well established in the North African Kingdom and feels safe and away from the threat that the so-called Islamic state poses in other neighboring countries.