it was the first time Saad Belhaj, 20, was looking for an apartment in Almeríin Andalusia (SpainHe lived with his parents in a town in the city and wanted to move closer to his job, which he works as a clerk in a sports store. The quest was not easy, but in the end Found the ideal accommodation: Well located, well located and with three roommates of the same age, at an affordable price, But, after signing the rental contract and with the keys you have, One of the tenants called to tell her that she didn’t want to be with him For an unusual reason.
saree was born in moroccoBut his parents moved to the Andalusian city when he was just three months old. “I’ve lived here my whole life. I love it and I’m happy”expressed to the young man who had warned that I had never faced racism for its origin. Until they decided to rent this apartment, until September 9th.
“After signing the rental contract, distribute the deposit [de 150 euros por la habitación] The owner of the apartment has another key, One of my future colleagues called me to do some ‘urgent’ dialogue, I went to the apartment and there he informed me that It was not possible to rent with them: His father did not want him to be with the Moors or the Gypsies“, They told Country,
Word “Moro” is used Disrespectful way to designate people of colorOf Moroccan or Arab origin or descent. “We entered the living room and it was hard for him to speak, he got stuck and” my eyes were moist, He told me that his mother had no problem, but when he told his father that I was going to stay in the house, he didn’t want to. He had bad experiences and didn’t want his daughter to be with Moore or Gypsy“, They told.
Saad was shocked. ,I was shockedfrozen. I’ve never experienced anything like this. i didn’t know how to react And I asked for an opportunity for them to meet me. Now I think about it and I don’t need to ask anyone for an opportunity because that’s where I am from.”
The young man tried to insist, but the tenant was coercive: “He told me he tried to ask his father to see the reason, visit me and see that I had a good job, that I was a good boy and that I would dress.” I am well. Is it because I’m Moroccan that I can’t have a good job and nice clothes? get excited,
Despite the misfortune, Saad defends the fight against racism: “You shouldn’t let your head down. Moroccans are not thieves or murderers, we don’t kill anyone. I still can’t absorb that this happens today.”
Spanish organization sos racismwhich cares for and provides legal advice to victims of racial discrimination or xenophobia, its 2018 annual report noted that there were 359 complaints of such violence in nine provinces.
The woman was accompanied by another of the three tenants, who told Saad that they cannot attend as they are friends and have decided to move in together. “I was so overwhelmed because I didn’t understand anything and I was empty. So I left as soon as I left, and he himself gave me the deposit. The keys to the apartment lasted two hours for me“, They told.
Crossing the door of the building was when he began to analyze everything he had just experienced. “I assimilated everything, although I still try to understand it. It gave me a lot of meltdown, I was very disappointed with humanity and I broke down“, He added.
your colleague, elenaSaad, through a thread on his Twitter account, recalled the episode of racism that went viral. “Racism Pure and Simple”, Sentenced. “My soul hits the ground (…). Saad was very nervous and his mouth was trembling when he told me, “he noted in the publication.
He continued: “Twitter please do your magic and help me find her a room where she’s treated with the respect everyone deserves And make you feel at home.”
The tweet garnered over 28,000 likes in two weeks, and thanks to his partner’s publication, many people approached Saad to offer to stay. ,After the tweet went viral, many people with available room spoke to meBut right now I am in the process and recovering from what happened. But I had too many offers.” At the moment, the search for an apartment is paralyzed and she continues at her parents’ house.
He was also approached by people claiming to have similar experiences of racism: “He told me he had the same problem in Almeria and he supported me a lot. When they ask about rent, When they see their name or skin color they ask for their nationality or go back”, he concluded.
I hope one day racism will end”, told a user of the social network. “Parents have profound ignorance,” argued another. While a third admitted: “A few weeks ago, I reported an ad that was only looking for European tenantsBut there is complete impunity in the housing sector”.