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Imam calls for ‘killing and destruction of Jews’

Waleed Idrus al-Maneesey is a radical imam who heads up the Al-Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, attended by at least six known terrorists and terrorist supporters.
Waleed Idris al-Maneesey is a radical imam who heads up the Al-Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, attended by at least six known terrorists and terrorist supporters.
A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State attended a radical mosque in Bloomington known for producing jihadists.

Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 20, faces up to 15 years in prison but avoided a possible life sentence when three other counts were dropped.

Farah is one of five men in a group of Somali Americans – all either refugees or sons of refugees – who the government charged in the case.

Farah was the only one of the five who was not accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, also called ISIS, but admitted he was communicating with an ISIS operative in Syria and intended to do so.

Adnan Farah’s older brother, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 22, is among the other four defendants who are scheduled to go on trial May 9.

Mohamed Farah, 22, is the older brother of Adnan Farah. He is also charged with providing material support to an overseas terrorist organization.
Mohamed Farah, 22, is the older brother of Adnan Farah. He is also charged with providing material support to an overseas terrorist organization.
A total of 10 Somalis from Minnesota have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS. Five have now pleaded guilty, one has fled and his whereabouts unknown. Another dozen or so Minnesota Muslims, almost all of them of Somali origin, have traveled to Syria to join Sunni rebel groups since 2012.

Adnan Farah said his parents confiscated his passport when it came in the mail. He then put a $100 down payment on a fake passport and also tried to help a co-defendant get one.

Another 22 young Somali men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group seeking to take over Somalia.

Adnan Farah, who was born in the U.S. to Somali refugee parents, told the court he took no interest in al-Shabab but had watched “at least 100” ISIS propaganda videos on Youtube. Some of the videos allegedly acts of brutality by Syria’s Shiite government against Sunni Muslims.

“Taking it in with an open heart. That’s how, I guess, I formed my conclusions,” he told the court, according to an Associated Press report. He said his faith led him to believe he was obligated to help other Sunni Muslims in need.

Mosque sows seeds of violence

And where did Adnan Farah and his brother get their views about Islam?

Both attended the al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, a mosque headed by radical Imam Waleed Idris al-Meneesey.

John Guandolo, a former FBI counter-terrorism specialist who founded Understanding the Threat in an effort to train U.S. law enforcement officers, said he is very familiar with the Bloomington mosque.

Guandolo said al-Maneesey teaches straight from the Quran and the life of Muhammad, Islam’s founder, as laid out in the hadiths.

“When Imam al-Meneesey calls for the killing and destruction of Jews and references a story from the Islamic prophet Mohammad, he is referring to the hadith (report) from Bukhari, who is the most authoritative hadith scholar in all of Islam,” Guandolo told WND. “To be clear, Islamic scholars consider the hadith of Bukhari to rise to a level just below the Quran.”

In that hadith, Bukhari quotes Mohammad as stating:

“The hour of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. It will not come until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees. It will not come until the rocks or the trees say, ‘O Muslim! O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”

This hadith is among the most authoritative Islamic texts, Guandolo said, which is why it can be found in the Hamas Covenant as well as in first grade text books in Islamic schools.

“The reason the al-Farooq mosque is producing jihadis who want to fight and kill Jews in the name of Allah is because that is what the mosque teaches,” said Guandolo, author of “Raising a Jihadi Generation.”

And it’s not just the Bloomington mosque that is teaching this doctrine.

80 percent of U.S. mosques preaching radical theology

Of the nearly 3,000 mosques now operating inside the United States, at least 80 percent have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical jihadist organization whose stated mission is to spread Shariah throughout the Western world.

“Since we know most of the mosques in America teach this same material as well, we should be aware that someday soon, many thousands of Muslims will wage war against the United States and its people just like they teach they should,” Guandolo said.

Read WND’s recent in-depth article on the rapid growth of U.S. mosques, “2,000 ticking time bombs in U.S.”

“To believe otherwise would be foolish,” he added. “Yet, many people appear to have learned nothing from the attacks in Brussels, Paris, Boston, San Bernadino, Chattanooga, New York, Las Vegas, Ohio, Fort Hood….

“I guess they don’t believe they have enough ‘evidence’ yet to render an understanding of what they are witnessing.

“Al-Farooq is one dangerous place. Unfortunately, there are thousands of other mosques, Islamic Centers and Islamic organizations across North America, Europe and elsewhere teaching the same thing.”

According to court documents, Adnan Farah intended to plead guilty after his arrest last year, and urged two co-defendants to do the same, but he changed his mind after his imam persuaded his family that the defendants should stick together and go on trial, AP reported.

In the end, he took the original plea deal offered by the government. “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” he said in court.

Yusra Ismail, another Somali who attended al-Farooq mosque, shown here at her high school graduation in 2013. She later left Minnesota to join ISIS.
Besides the Farah brothers, at least three others charged with terrorist-related activity have also come out of the al-Farooq mosque in Bloomington.

Shy girl goes gangbusters for jihad

One of the al-Farooq adherents was a Somali girl named Yusra Ismail.

Ismail was described in a 2015 Minneapolis Public Radio story as a quiet and soft-spoken teen who regularly donned the niqab, covering all of her face except for her eyes. She tended a community garden and volunteered at her family’s mosque in St. Paul before she “switched to a new mosque in Bloomington.”

Her teachers at Lighthouse Academy of Nations, a Minneapolis charter school, remember a shy, kind student who never got in trouble.

But about two years before she left the country to join ISIS, Ismail joined al-Farooq mosque.

She studied Arabic and the Quran at the Islamic school inside the mosque.

“She gradually became fixated on memorizing the Quran,” MPR News reported. Ismail’s sister told MPR her family feared she was taking her religious studies “too far, saying there was a lack of balance in her life.”

Ismail left the Twin Cities on Aug. 21, 2014.

Federal prosecutors said she boarded a plane to Norway using a passport she had stolen from a Minneapolis woman.

Ismail, then 19, called her family to say she was in Syria.

Imam teaches Shariah law above U.S. law

Al-Meneesey, the imam at al-Farooq mosque, has written that Muslims should place Shariah above “man-made” law.

During a November sermon al-Meneesy referred to a hadith describing how Jews had been punished by God repeatedly for “corruption.”

“When the Children of Israel returned to cause corruption in the time of our Prophet Muhammad,” al-Meneesy said in a translation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, “and they disbelieved him, God destroyed him at his hand.”

History will repeat itself, he said.

Jerusalem “remained in the hands of the Muslims until it fell into the hands of the Jews in 1387 AH [1967 AD], and has been a prisoner in their hands for 34 years [sic], but the victory of God is coming inevitably.”

Al-Meneesy is also president and chancellor of the Islamic University of Minnesota. At least five young men and one young woman who attended his mosque have left the United States to fight with terrorist groups al-Shabaab and ISIS.

The university’s website boasts of recognition by Holy Quran University in the Sudan, which was founded in 1990 by the regime of Sudanese war criminal and President Omar al-Bashir.

The Islamic University of Minnesota also professes to serve as the official representative of Sunni Islam’s most important institution, Al-Azhar University, in the U.S. and Canada. Al-Azhar officials have refused to condemn the Islamic State as apostates and heretics.


Muslims using welfare to bankrupt Europe


It’s not just bombs and bullets that Islamic terrorists are using to wage jihad against the West.

It’s the European welfare system.

Radical Islamic leaders have revealed that part of their strategy of conquest is exploiting liberal immigration and welfare policies — leeching off the West’s generous benefits while plotting to establish Islam as the dominant force in countries like Belgium, Denmark, and others.

Terrorists have begun bragging about how the system redistributes money from Christians, Jews, and secularists to Islamists, and saying that their plans involve Muslim “refugees” signing up in droves for unemployment, food stamps, and cash welfare benefits, then using the free time Western taxpayers underwrite to wage jihad.

Drawing on centuries of religious doctrines, many imams teach that non-Muslims must pay a tax – called the jizya – to Muslims as a way of establishing Islamic domination.

They sees welfare to refugees as a modern day equivalent of the infidels bowing and scraping before their Islamic superiors.

An Islamic teacher living in Britain, Anjem Choudary, told his fellow Muslims, “The normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [infidels].”

While birthrates in the West decline, the Islamists are focused on having large families and taking over countries demographically.

Choudary specifically bragged in 2013 that “Brussels is 30 percent, 40 percent Muslim.”

And they use their free time to plot violence. Choudary called welfare the “Jihad-Seeker’s Allowance.” And he has been willing to put your money where his mouth is: He is currently on trial for using social media to encourage people to support ISIS.

He is far from alone, in Europe or America.

A woman called an “al-Qaeda living legend” was receiving more than $1,100 a month in government unemployment benefits in Belgium at the time she was arrested for plotting to attack an EU summit in Brussels;
A total of 28 people who supported ISIS received welfare in Denmark, collecting up to $134 a day for two years;
The Tsarnaev brothers, who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, received food stamps and other welfare payments over a number of years; and
One of the terrorists who admitted to being part of the 9/11 conspiracy, Zacarias Moussaoui, received welfare payments while living in London. Evidently, European welfare programs help finance jihad against the United States, as well as in the EU.
The data show that Muslims are far more likely to use public benefits than needy Americans. Sen. Jeff Sessions found that more than 90 percent of recent Middle Eastern “refugees” are on food stamps, and almost 70 percent receive cash welfare benefits.

All of this helps Muslim fanatics plan to topple the West from within.

And our leaders could not be more misguided. Over the weekend, Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to day that “our openness to [accepting] refugees” from the Middle East is “another weapon” against terrorism “alongside our airstrikes, our military, [and] our counterterrorism work.”

EU elites have opened the floodgates of violent jihad against its citizens through their open door immigration policy and suicidal welfare state policies. If they won’t solve their problem, at least the United States should – by slamming the door on Muslim immigration and demanding that immigrants who come to these shores can pay their own way.

BUILD THE WALL: This European Nation Plans To Build A 200 Mile WALL To Keep MUSLIMS Out

Macedonia wants to extend 19-mile razor-wire fence on Greek border
It would be 200 miles long and protected by guards armed with Tasers
Migrants have previously tried to force their way past existing fence
Plan seemingly in line with EU agreement to close migrant route
This European nation isn’t going to let what happened to Germany happen to them, so they’re taking some dramatic measures to keep Muslim refugees out. Do you think this is going to work?

Dramatic plans to build a 200 mile long fence protected by guards armed with tasers were tonight revealed before a key summit in Brussels to stop the flow of migrants through the continent.
EU leaders will tomorrow pledge to close down the route from Greece through the Balkans where more than 985,000 have travelled since the start of last year.
Ahead of the meeting, Macedonia has requested that neighbouring countries help it seal the thoroughfare by extending the existing 19-mile razor-wire fence on its southern border with Greece and providing extra guards and riot gear.
The former Yugoslav republic, which is not a member of the EU, has sent a list of demands including bullet-proof vests, truncheons, handcuffs, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and grenades filled with rubber balls.
Officials in Skopje have also asked for 35 tasers and a sound cannon that would be fitted to an armoured vehicle and used to break up crowds by emitting a pain-inducing noise.
Around 14,000 people are currently stuck on the Greek side of the border at Idomeni after Macedonian authorities started limiting the number of people they would let through to just a few hundred a day.
There have been violent clashes at the crossing in the past week with a crowd of chanting migrants trying to force their way through the border fence using a metal sign post as a battering ram.

Macedonia today imposed further restrictions only allowing Syrians from parts of the country they consider to be at war to enter.
It means people from cities such as Aleppo could cross, but those from the capital of Damascus would be stopped.
At an emergency summit tomorrow in Brussels, aimed at saving the EU’s passport-free travel zone, Schengen, all 28 leaders, including David Cameron, will sign up to a plan to stop migrants arriving on the Greek islands from Turkey being ‘waved through’ the continent.
Leaked draft conclusions for the meeting seen by the Mail show that they will agree that ‘irregular flows of migrants along the Western Balkans route are coming to an end… this route is now closed’.
They will also pledge to ‘provide further assistance to Greece in managing the external borders, including those with Macedonia and Albania’.

Macedonian soldiers, pictured, have been used to guard the crossing and the country’s government has asked for more Tasers and a sound canon to break up large crowds
The EU’s border agency Frontex will ask for countries to supply more guards and Europol will send officers to screen arrivals on the Greek islands.
The leaders, who will be joined by Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu for part of the meeting, will also sign off a plan agreed on Friday for Turkey to take back all economic migrants that cross the Aegean Sea.
According to the draft conclusions, the leaders will say they ‘stand by Greece in this difficult moment and will do their utmost to help manage the situation that has arisen’.
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras said his country would demand an immediate relocation of some of the 30,000 migrants stranded there and will call for sanctions for countries inside the Schengen Zone that refuse.
With thousands more arriving from Turkey every day, the numbers could swell by 100,000 by the end of this month, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos projected on Saturday.
Mr Tsipras said that in facing a potential flow of millions of migrants, the EU is feeling the consequences of ‘unreasonable … imperialistic interventions’ in the Middle East that have destroyed organised states, an apparent reference to Iraq and Syria.

He accused Austria and the Balkan countries of ‘ruining Europe’ by slowing the flow of migrants heading north from Greece.
‘Europe is in a nervous crisis,’ Mr Tsipras told his left-wing Syriza party’s central committee. ‘Will a Europe of fear and racism overtake a Europe of solidarity?’
He said central European countries with declining populations and low unemployment could benefit in the long term by taking in millions of refugees, but said austerity policies have fed a far-right ‘monster’ opposing the inflows.
‘Europe today is crushed amidst austerity and closed borders. It keeps its border open to austerity but closed for people fleeing war,’ he said. ‘Countries, with Austria in the front, want to impose the logic of fortress Europe.’
Hitting back at criticism by eastern European states over Greece’s failure to stem migrant flows, Mr Tsipras questioned the wisdom of admitting these countries into the EU a decade ago.


Undercover footage broadcast by a Danish TV station shows Mohammad Fouad al-Barazi, the head imam of the mosque of the Islamic Union in Denmark, admitting that the goal of the migrant influx is for Muslims to conquer Europe. The clip was shown as part of a Danish TV2 series called Mosques behind the veil. It shows al-Barazi acknowledging, “Right now we are in a time when we are opening these countries.” According to Islamic experts the station spoke to, including Professor Tina Magaard and Professor Thomas Hoffmann, the Islamist understanding of the word “open” means to conquer. The imam also encourages Muslims arriving in the west not to integrate into society. “When I came to this country 23 years ago, we were only 55,000 Muslims. Now we are 300,000. The number of Muslims is 300,000 now. Hence the conclusion of this talk is that it is possible to live in this country without melting in. You must understand the conditions, without melting into society,” said al-Barazi. This is by no means the first time that a prominent imam has admitted that the migrant influx is part of a Muslim conquest of Europe. Sheikh Muhammad Ayed gave a speech at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in which he asserted that Muslims should use the migrant crisis to breed with European citizens and “conquer their countries.”

The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

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The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.

And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

Here at Caracas Chronicles we’re doing what it can to document the crisis, but there’s only so much one tiny, zero-budget blog can do.

After the major crackdown on the streets of large (and small) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning. I understand that with an even bigger and more photogenic freakout ongoing in an even more strategically important country, we weren’t going to be front-page-above-the-fold, but I’m staggered this morning to wake up, scan the press and find…


As of 11 a.m. this morning, the New York Times World Section has…nothing.

Food Prices Soar as the Canadian Dollar Collapses

The Canadian dollar is collapsing…

Today, the price of oil dropped to $29 in the U.S. Oil hasn’t been this cheap since 2003. It’s even cheaper in other parts of the world, as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (emphasis added):

A basket of crude oils sold by the 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries fell Wednesday to $25.69 a barrel. Oman crude-oil futures on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, a benchmark for crude exports from the Middle East to Asia, fell to $25.88 a barrel Wednesday. And some of the cheapest crude oil in the world, in Canada, costs less than $15.

• At less than $15 per barrel, cheap oil is destroying Canada’s economy…

Canada is the world’s sixth-largest oil producer. Oil makes up 25% of its exports.

Last year, revenues for Canada’s energy sector plunged an estimated 22%.

Over the past 18 months, the stock price of Suncor Energy (SU), Canada’s largest oil company, has plunged 48%. Enbridge (ENB), Canada’s second-biggest oil company, has plunged 37%.

• Canadian stocks are in a bear market…

Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange Index is down 21% since hitting a record high in September 2014. A bear market “officially” begins when a price falls 20% from a previous high.

The oil crisis is also hitting Canadian real estate. Vacancy rates in Calgary, Canada’s third-largest city, hit a five-year high last fall. And rental rates are at their lowest level in a decade.

• Low oil prices are crushing the Canadian dollar…

Less than five years ago, one Canadian dollar was worth more than one U.S. dollar. Today, the Canadian dollar is worth only US$0.69.

The Canadian dollar has lost an incredible 25% of its value since the price of oil peaked in June 2014.

When a currency collapses, everyday things get more expensive. Bloomberg Business reports that food prices in Canada are soaring. One Canadian grocery is selling cucumbers for C$3 each. Another is charging C$8 for a dozen eggs, C$15 for a box of Frosted Flakes, and C$18 for a gallon of chocolate milk.

According to Bloomberg Business, Canada imports about 80% of its fruits and vegetables. However, prices for other basic goods have also skyrocketed. At least one Canadian store is charging C$32 for a bottle of Tide laundry detergent, according to Zero Hedge.

• E.B. Tucker, Editor of The Casey Report, predicted big problems for Canada…

E.B. and Casey Research founder Doug Casey visited Canada’s oil country in September, when oil was $45. In The Casey Report, E.B. explained that Canadians were in denial about low oil prices:

All over Calgary, people told us the price of oil was “coming right back.” They said they’d “been through this before.” It was almost as if they’d all read the same propaganda.

But E.B. knew the crisis was far from over. He wrote that Canada’s economy was in for a “major wake-up call”:

While energy only makes up 25% of the province’s GDP, Albertans will be shocked when they see what happens to other sectors now that the oil business has been cut in half. Construction, finance, real estate, and services all benefited from a 15-year oil boom. These other sectors will start shrinking soon. And it’s not going to be pretty.


GERMAN WOMAN: Describes What Muslim Migrants Are Doing In Her Town – And It’s TERRIFYING

This should be a warning to the rest of Europe and to America about what their future holds with these ‘refugees’.

German woman, visibly shaken, tells how she was followed by an asylum seeker, who she believes wanted to rob her or worse. And she had originally moved to the small community for a quiet safe place to raise her child…She had been out in broad daylight 12:30pm with her child when a man she was sure was an asylum seeker began to act strangely…hiding behind a bush, then following her…she turned around to directly confront him: “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” She demanded…He laughed and went away…but she is now scared to walk on the streets. She mentions that she is a tolerant person and feels sympathy for the families and children of the refugees, but she can no longer close her eyes to what is going on. She thinks that there are certainly other people who feel the same way, and makes a plea to Chancellor Merkel that this must end. Germany has taken on enough refugees. She mentions another incident where she and her child wanted to enter a playground area but there were 5 asylum seekers congregated there…she could not trust herself to go past them with her child. The woman says she can no longer keep quiet about what is going on in Germany. It must come to an end! (Pamela Geller)

Europeans Want Guns as Islamic Invasion Causes Social Chaos

Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders.

Tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees” have poured into Austria from Hungary and Slovenia in recent months on their way to Germany and Sweden, two wealthy European countries that have laid out the welcome mat for migrants. More than a million will end up in Germany alone by the end of this year, according to estimates from the German government.

Obtaining a working firearm and ammunition in Germany, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands is practically impossible for the average citizen. Germany, for instance, requires a psychological evaluation, the purchase of liability insurance and verifiable compliance with strict firearms storage and safety rules. And self-defense is not even a valid reason to purchase a gun in these countries.

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The laws in Austria, while still strict, are a bit less overbearing.

A Czech TV report confirms that long guns – shotguns and rifles – have been flying off the shelves in Austria, and Austrians who haven’t already purchased a gun may not have a chance to get one for some time. They’re all sold out.

And those arming themselves are primarily women.

“If anyone wants to buy a long gun in Austria right now, too bad for them,” the Czech newscaster says. “All of them are currently sold out.”


GERMANY IS SCREWED: Merkel Opened Up The Floodgates To A ‘MUSLIM REFUGEE’ Hell

Gangs of Muslim men roam the streets. Young German women are being told to ‘cover up.’

On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go.
They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to be Europeans.
In late July the three slipped into Germany with their wives and children, using illegal documents. They live together in a five-bedroom house, rented for them by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, a 40-minute drive away from Giessen, which is home to the biggest migrants’ camp in the country.
‘We paid a trafficking agent for false visas to fly here to Germany,’ says 34-year-old Atif. ‘We claimed asylum and came to Giessen camp with other migrants. Three weeks ago, because we had families, they gave us a proper home.’
Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: ‘But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.’

Yesterday, the Mail reported how social workers and women’s groups in Giessen wrote a letter to the local state parliament claiming that rape and child abuse were rife in the refugee camp. The allegations were corroborated by Atif over his curry. ‘The camp is dangerous,’ he agreed. ‘Men of different nationalities fight and women are attacked.’
The letter says the camp, far from being a peaceful haven for those fleeing war, is a dangerous melting-pot, where there have been ‘numerous rapes and sexual assaults, and forced prostitution’.
There are even reports of children being raped and subjected to sexual assault, it adds.
‘Many women have felt the need to sleep in their clothes… they won’t go to the toilet at night because rapes and assaults have taken place on their way to, or from, there. Even in daylight, a walk through the camp is fraught with fear.’
Controversially, the letter suggests that in the migrants’ culture, women are viewed differently: ‘It is a fact that women and children are unprotected. This situation is opportune for those men who already regard women as their inferiors and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”.’
Many migrant women have fled here to escape forced marriages or female genital mutilation, which are rife in some African and Middle Eastern countries. ‘They believe they have found safety in Germany,’ says the letter, ‘and realise it’s not the case.’