Najia is a neighbour from Badalona and her eyes are small and bright, very lively, just like she is. But she is afraid. She is afraid of the neighbour who makes her life impossible and who has even physically assaulted her because she is a migrant. Her voice trembles when she wonders if there will be a next time, and she puts her hands on her chest thinking of her eight-year-old son.
Lilian lives with her family in the Guinardó neighbourhood of Barcelona. The upstairs neighbour has been harassing them for four years and trying to kick them out of the house, but they cannot leave the flat because of the difficulty of accessing rent as a migrant. They don't want to do it either, this is their home and they only ask to live with dignity and without suffering continued racism.
Like them, many other people suffer racism from their neighbours, a type of aggression that is difficult to identify and confront. As Alícia Rodríguez, coordinator of SOS Racisme's Service of Attention and Denunciation, explains, "As racism happens in a private space, there is a tendency to minimise the facts, deny them or hide them, reducing them to 'problems of coexistence' or cultural problems".
Despite this added difficulty, Najia and Lilian are convinced: "We are all the same". That is why, in their daily lives, they fight to ensure that no one else has to go through what they have experienced.
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