Islamophobia in Cartagena

The premises of Muslim prayer areas in Cartagena are being viewed with suspicion by neighbors in the community. Many Muslims rent areas to pray, including structures like garages and warehouses, being among the only affordable places to hold such gatherings. However, others often see these areas as clandestine centers of conspiracy, and spaces of danger. It is estimated that some 12,000 legal Moroccan immigrants reside in the town, in addition to the many other non-documented members of the Muslim community. Joaquin Segado, spokesman for the municipal government, cites a rise in the number of reports of neighbors expressing concern over prayer gatherings in the town.