Targeted attacks on Black Muslim women in Alberta

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    A series of racially motivated attacks against Black Muslim women in Alberta has the province on edge. At least seven women have been targeted in Calgary and Edmonton since December. In the most recent incident, a teenage girl was threatened and physically assaulted. The Muslim community says Islamophobia and anti-Black racism have always been a problem in the province, but the pandemic has made it worse.

    “It has been a very traumatic time for those victims as well as for the Muslim community at large,” said Fatema Abdalla, communications coordinator with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).

    In early December, two Somali women wearing hijabs were attacked outside a south Edmonton shopping centre in what police said was a “hate-motivated incident.”

    Less than a week later, a 23-year-old Black woman wearing a hijab was at an Edmonton transit station when she was approached by a woman she didn’t know. Without being provoked, police said the suspect allegedly tried to hit the woman in the head with a shopping bag while yelling “racially-motivated obscenities at her.”

    Heather Yourex-West explains.


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