BREAKING: This Muslim Immigrant and Former Refugee Says It’s Ok To Rape Or Beat Woman.
Dear male refugees, perhaps of my age. Perhaps a few years younger. A bit older.
I am so sorry!
Almost a year ago I saw the hell from which you have fled. I was not directly in the heart of it, but I visited the people in the refugee camp in southern Kurdistan. I saw old grandmothers who had to take care of too many children without parents. I saw the eyes of these children. Some had not lost their light. But I also saw children whose gaze was empty and traumatising. I showed Arabic characters to around 20 Yazidi children in their maths class and still remember how a small girl started crying only because a chair fell.
I have had a taste of the hell from which you fled. I didn’t see what happened there and didn’t experience the challenging journey you had to make.
I am glad and happy that you managed to get here. That you were able to leave IS and its war behind and did not drown in the Mediterranean.
But I am afraid you are not safe here.
Burning asylum homes, daily attacks on refugees and a brown [tn: used in German as a synonym for Nazi] mob running through the streets. I have always fought against the fact that that’s how it is here.
I wanted an open, friendly Europe. One in which I’d be happy to live and where we would both be safe. Sorry.
I am so unbelievably sorry for both of us.
You, you are not safe, because we live in a racist society. I, I am not safe because we live in a sexist society.
But what I am most sorry about is that the circumstances of the sexist and excessive actions that were done to me will only contribute to the increasing and ever more aggressive racism to which you are exposed.
I promise you I will scream. I will not allow it to go on happening. I will not look on and do nothing and let it happen when racists and concerned citizens say you are the problem.
You are not the problem. You are actually not any problem. You are mostly wonderful people, who have earned the right as much as anyone else to be safe and free. That you for being who you are – and it’s great that you are here.