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Archive for August 5th, 2013

Somalis lead the world in practice of female genital mutilation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 5, 2013

Cutting tools on display in a room in Lunsar, Sierra Leone [Grace Harmon/Plan International]

Isn’t diversity beautiful!  

Here is news of a new report on this disgusting, degrading, barbaric practice that you know they are not leaving behind when they migrate to the West.

From All Africa.  The UN does something useful here:

Mogadishu — Approximately 6.5 million Somali girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) — otherwise known as female circumcision — according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Although support for the practice is waning, the report indicates that 98% of Somali women between 15 and 49 have been cut or mutilated — the highest per capita percentage in the world.

In addition, the report states that female circumcision is higher among Somalis even in countries where the practice is less common.

Read it all.

We reported back in March that the practice was increasing in the US, here.

Photo:  The photo is from another report on FGM in June, here.  Looks like there is less and less interest in defending the procedure in a nod to ‘cultural relativism’ that seemed to be a trend gaining favor a few years ago.  And, from a practical standpoint, why should Westerners be expected to pay for the mental and physical health problems stemming from FGM when Somalis are resettled in the US.

Posted in Africa, diversity's dark side, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

European Union misjudged ‘refugee’ issue in wake of Arab Spring

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 5, 2013

This article at Deutsche Welle is titled:  ‘EU Planning better refugee protection’ but is nothing more than a restatement of the problem Europe, especially countries in the south (Malta, Greece, Spain and Italy), is having with being overrun by illegal migrants in the wake of the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’

Karl Kopp (Pro Asyl): Open prisons and build them housing!

I opened the article expecting to find a plan, but I sure don’t see it.  And, a ‘plan’ offered by a human rights advocate would only invite more migrants.

From Deutsche Welle (nothing new in the opening paragraphs):

Greece, Spain and Italy – many EU states are unable to cope with the influx of refugees from crisis areas and war zones. With refugee policies increasingly under fire, the EU is set to find a remedy.

[….]

Authorities in small states like Malta are overburdened by the flood of refugees. Greece, though much larger, is also strongly affected because refugees enter both by sea and by land, and migrants also try to cross into the EU illegally via the Greek-Turkish border. Many people fleeing the civil war in Syria also seek shelter in the EU.

It’s a good summary of Europe’s problem, but not much in the way of plans.  Read on.

Well, except for a plan from Pro Asyl, a human rights organization.  Spokesman Karl Kopp says:  open the prisons and build these people housing with taxpayers’ money.

Kopp has a concrete suggestion to end the inhumane conditions: “The EU should no longer detain people and build new prisons with European funds. Instead it should finance humane housing in Greece, and open the sordid jails there.” People in particular need of protection should be distributed across Europe, according to humanitarian criteria, and there should be legal ways to leave Greece, Kopp argues. “That would be an act of solidarity,” he adds.

Maybe Mr. Kopp has ‘humane housing’ (his home!) he could share with a dozen or so North Africans, Syrians or Afghans?

My suggestion:  Dump the EU and allow each country to decide questions of border security and sovereignty.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Europe | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

 
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