Category Archives: UK & Europe

Heartbreaking scene in Tooting tonight as homeless Somali woman sits where bench was removed

Local Guardian This is the heartbreaking scene outside Tooting TK Maxx tonight as a homeless woman insists on spending the night where she and her son lived for nine months. Emergency services were called to the bench on Monday and … read more »

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VIDEO: Teen jailed for ‘Shining’ axe murder in Hayes

London24 Three 18-year-olds have been jailed for their part in a “wicked and unnecessary” axe and knife attack reminiscent of The Shining. An unnamed 17-year-old was cleared of involvement. The court heard how victim Paul Thrower had been drinking and became … read more »

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Somali family’s bench ripped up by TfL after it was their home for nine months

Local Guardian The mother and son had centred their lives around the bench outside TK Maxx, in Tooting High Street, since April this year. Witnesses reported seeing them yesterday (Monday) morning but said the pair had disappeared by the evening. … read more »

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For jihadis, Denmark tries rehabilitation

New York Times AARHUS, Denmark — In many parts of Europe, he would be in jail. But here in this nation’s second biggest city, the young man, a 21-year-old of Turkish descent who spent 13 months in Syria fighting in … read more »

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2014 Immigrant Man of the Year

YLE Uutiset Somali-born Aadan Ibrahim has been selected the 2014 Immigrant Man of the Year – an award distributed by the Finnish Refugee Council. The 1,000-euro prize was established in 2012 to reward deserving migrant men and to highlight the … read more »

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Last seven offenders jailed for sex crimes against young girls

Bristol Post THE final offenders caught by Operation Brooke have been jailed, bringing their prison sentences to more than 100 years. In all, 13 Somali men have been jailed for committing 31 sex crimes against seven vulnerable girls in Bristol. … read more »

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VIDEO: Thirteen Somali men convicted of running Bristol sex ring that targeted vulnerable British girls as young as 13

BARTAMAHA/The Telegraph A judge questioned the wisdom of social workers placing a vulnerable teenage girl alone in a flat and almost unsupervised in inner city Bristol – leading to her being raped and prostituted by Somali drug dealers. Judge Michael … read more »

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VIDEO: 13 Somali men guilty of enforced prostitution and rape of vulnerable girls in Bristol

GUARDIAN Thirteen men, all of Somali origin, have been found guilty of the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable schoolgirls and teenagers in Bristol. The victims, some of whom were in local authority care, were groomed and passed around by their … read more »

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Family reunification allowed to Somali man, Supreme Court rules

IrishTimes.com The State is entitled to cite financial costs as a reason for refusing refugees the right to bring family members to live with them in the State, the Supreme Court has ruled. However, a Somali man whose family reunification … read more »

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Finland: Somali taxi driver beaten and threatened in Lieksa

YLE Uutiset Somali-born Abdi is the first dark-skinned taxi driver ever to be hired in Lieksa, North Karelia. A week ago, after two months on the job, he received death threats and was verbally abused and physically assaulted after his … read more »

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McDonald’s manager arrested after launching foul-mouthed racist tirade at Somali customers

A McDonald’s manager was arrested and cautioned over a foul-mouthed racist tirade against Somali customers. The victims of his abuse say he told them to ‘get the f*** out of my restaurant,’ adding: ‘All you f****** Somalians are the same.’ … read more »

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Somali official accuses Danish Foreign Ministry of hijacking diaspora event

An executive at the Somali Peace and Development organisation has raised concerns about the Foreign Ministry “hijacking” an event organised by the Somali diaspora when the country’s president visits Denmark from November 18-20. “The Foreign Ministry, and especially its African … read more »

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Somalis alienated from Norwegian job market

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in … read more »

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Safia Haase, First Immigrant Woman To Receive Norway’s Prestigious Order Of St Olav

A Somali-born campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM), Safia Abdi Haase, has become the first immigrant woman to receive Norway’s prestigious order of St Olav. Ms Haase was given the order at the Royal Palace in Oslo for her work … read more »

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Family tell of shock over missing Bristol girl believed to be heading for Syria

  Bristol — The family and friends of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bristol who is suspected of flying from Britain to join Islamist fighters in Syria have spoken of their shock and confusion. Police revealed on Monday night that the … read more »

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The Men with Many Wives: the British Muslims who practise polygamy

The Telegraph — It is estimated that as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages exist in the UK. In a Channel 4 documentary this week, director Masood Khan will delve into the community of British Muslim polygamists to find out … read more »

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Bristol police claim biggest ever seizure of drug since khat made illegal

Bristol — POLICE in Bristol have made their biggest seizure of the herbal stimulant khat since it became illegal nearly three months ago. Khat, now a class C drug, was sold and chewed openly in the city at about 30 … read more »

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Finn aims to be first female president of Somali

YLE – A Finn of Somali origin wants to run as a candidate in the Somali presidential election in 2016. Fadumo Dayib is currently studying public administration at Harvard, but she thinks that Somalia is now ready for a female president.Fadumo … read more »

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UK: Police who stamped on a mentally ill Somali man walks free from court

A police sergeant who stamped on a mentally ill prisoner’s foot during a strip search and told him ‘Welcome to Hackney’ has walked free from court. Sgt Charles Pilbeam, 30, forced Somalia-born Abdi Ali-Ahmed to pick up scraps of paper … read more »

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Calls to help Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx

Serious concerns have been raised after a Somali family spent four months living on a high street bench. The pair, understood to be mother and son, have centered their lives around the bench outside TK Maxx, in the busy Tooting High Street.They … read more »

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