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Hundreds of British teenagers are being sent by their parents to East Africa to avoid knife crime in the UK, representatives of the Somali community say.
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Of the 100 people stabbed to death in the UK so far this year, 8% were of Somali heritage, according to the Rise Projects which works with young British Somalis in north London.
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One mother who had sent her child to Africa told him she could now sleep at night, because she knew any police sirens she heard were not for her son.
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One of the things I'll never forget, is the fact that when you walk in the streets in Kenya you don't have to look over your shoulder.
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland, and highlights a heightened threat of terrorism and kidnappings, across Kenya.
But Amina sent her 15-year-old son to Somaliland, when she was worried about the new friends with whom he was mixing.
In his year there, she says he became a studious child again.
He had even wanted to stay in East Africa.
But within 17 days of being brought back to the UK in November 2018, he was stabbed four times.
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estimates that out of every five Somalian families, two are taking their children back home.
Dr Fatumo Abdi - a mother of Somali origin - said parents were struggling to know how to react to knife crime.
"This is not something they've encountered before. But we know living here in Britain, the context is Britain. This is a British problem and it's a problem that we've fallen into.
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the kids in Kenya put school first.
originally posted by: UpIsNowDown
It is the current blight on our nation, that the youth who choose to fight for territory choose to back it up with blades, willing to kill someone because of postcodes, county lines or a gram of charlie.
I feel sorry for the police in this . . .
21% of police officers who responded reported symptoms consistent with PTSD or the more severe Complex PTSD (CPTSD);
73% of those with PTSD or CPTSD will be unaware that they have it;
66% of those reported a psychological or mental health issue which they felt was a direct result of police work;
69% of officers feel that trauma is not well managed in their force;
93% still go to work even when suffering from a work-related psychological issue.
Eventually the events of the night unfolded. Bill had been stabbed to death whilst making an arrest.
In court, anonymity is protected by reporting restrictions. There is an automatic ban on the identification of children in youth court proceedings. 2 In the adult magistrates’ court and Crown Court, a judge will decide whether to grant anonymity. 3 Criminal trials will usually take place in open court with the public knowing as much as possible about the case but there are special considerations in relation to children.
A criminal is still a criminal regardless of ethnicity, a murderer is still a murderer regrdless of languauge spoken, but UK law prevents details of under 18s being public knowledge
The BBC has learned that 65% of all people who face criminal proceedings for knife crime in London are from ethnic minorities, and 42% are black.
In England and Wales 38% of knife possession offenders under 25s were non-white in 2017. It was two thirds in London.
Do you think if we close the borders that knife crime will cease?
originally posted by: Kester
I'm struggling to know how to react to this story.
One thing missing is the identity of those who are stabbing these Somali schoolchildren.
I think that we all know the answer to this. Most of the stabbings are gang related. Either gang members or their friendsfamily. Or innocent people mistaken for gang members. it is essentially intercomunal violence. Members of minority communities vying for power amongst themselves or with rival minority communities.
About 20 years back I had a couple of friends whose mother sent them back to the old country after another of their relatives was killed in a gang feud. They were wealthy and western educated, and gang connected. Potential kidnap targets in my opinion. Just like these Somali kids. They will need to watch their backs 24/7. Somalia has several well known groups who target foreign educated people.