Racial abuse towards Welsh Muslims becoming more frequent

A leading equality charity is warning that Muslims living in Wales are getting accustomed to anti-Muslim behaviour. Race Equality First says verbal and physical attacks have been happening for years but have become more frequent in recent months.

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Verbal and physical attacks against Welsh Muslims becoming more frequent

Muslims in Wales are getting so accustomed to anti-Muslim behaviour they're practically becoming immune to it.

That's the warning from one of the country's leading equality charities.

Race Equality First says verbal and physical attacks have been happening for years, but in the last few months they've become more frequent.

ITV Cymru Wales has spoken to one Muslim in Cardiff who says she is terrified after receiving verbal and physical abuse.

I sometimes feel terrified and fearful. It is no longer simple for me to walk in the street. I have to take pre cautious steps all the time.

If I want to go for dinner with my friends in the city centre I have to tell my parents where I'm going and what time I should be back because they get really worried of someone attacks me or someone abuses me.

– Sahar Al-Faifi
The majority of anti-Muslim behaviour is directed at women Credit: PA

According to experts, most of the anti-Muslim behaviour is being directed at women due to their religious dresses and veils making their faith more visible.

It's believed that recent headlines surrounding the radicalisation of Muslims in Cardiff may be the reason behind the increase in racial abuse.

The sad reality is that many Muslims have come to accept that they are bound to face discrimination because of their faith and their race. Many have lived with it for years. They have become accustomed to it and they just feel it's become part of a British Muslim's life.

– Aliya Mohammed, Race Equality First

There's a warning that anti-Muslim abuse could help create an environment that encourages radicalisation within a handful of impressionable and vulnerable people.

Anti-Muslim behaviour is becoming more frequent according to a charity Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

When we talk about young boys being radicalised and going off to fight in Syria, it often goes hand in hand with some of these prejudices. Some of these challenges from Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice, you know the young boys who went over there were raised in an environment where their Muslim identity was never accepted and so it's a push factor.

– Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Muslim Council of Wales

Now projects such as the Hate Crime and Advocacy Project are aiming to educate the communities in Wales to have a greater understanding and tolerance of different cultures and religions.

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