Thursday, August 17

Morocco: Group Of Artists To Help Sub-Saharan Migrants

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International Mix City project co-funded by EU

Migrants are not only the thousands who take off from Libya’s coasts in an attempt to reach Italy. There are many who, after a trip made of real or alleged threats, but a lot of tangible violence, reach Morocco to stop there. There, they aren’t always welcomed as they would expect. It is mostly sub-Saharans who pay the price of lots of prejudices against them and often find an explanation in the prejudice against ”black” people whose skin is the exact same color as many in Morocco but who remain marginalized, paying the price of sins they don’t have.

Against this situation, a multi-ethnic and international group of artists has created a project called ”Mix City”, which has the objective of going beyond the oblivion in which these migrants are left, as if to scrap them from reports.

The project – which is being created in the village of Jamaat Oulad Abbou, some 40 km from Casablanca – is being brought forward with the association Racines, the theater Opprimé de Casablanca and The minority Globe, a group of musicians from different countries.

The aim is to ”compose” an artistic mosaic treasuring different cultures and traditions to define a framework abating barriers determined by the lack of knowledge and, as a consequence, of moral rejection, when it is not physical.

In a few weeks, artists from Mix City will bring to fruition their work with a performance across Morocco, including rural areas.

The project – co-funded by the European Union as part of the ”Diversité, Drame et développement” – sees the participation of some 10 artists from Morocco, Niger, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, under the artistic direction of Hosni Almoukhlis.

An important part of collective work is reserved to racism, which does not only target sub-Saharans and often hits Moroccans themselves, the artists say, or at least those who are not part of the ”leading” society”. (ANSAmed).

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