Danish Muslim leader, Imam Oussama El-Saadi told the Metroxpress that:
“One should look at these cases from a different perspective. It is an extraordinary humanitarian situation, and I think you have to take care of these families. They’re married, and even if the man is twice as old as they have built a family. We have to accept that it is a different culture, and we can not destroy family life.”
He continued by arguing that such child marriages are a good thing, particularly for the newly arrived Muslim migrants, because it created a “safer situation” for those little girls. “If you look at the situation in the refugee camps, it is often filled with violence and uncertainty. If your daughter marries early and gets a man, it can give the family a safer situation,” the Imam said.
It’s not just Denmark either; one story out of Norway had a girl of 11 being married off to a much older man.
Data from the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) seen by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) revealed more than 60 minors were married when they applied for asylum in Norway last year. The 61 cases known to authorities — mainly coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — broke down as follows:
- at least ten girls were under 16 years old;
- 49 girls and two boys were 16-17 years old; and
- at least two of the girls under 18 years were expecting their second baby.
In the Netherlands the problem is severe and grows worse each day as the government continues to struggle with finding answers to a disgusting cultural defect.
The issue of Syrian child brides has been highlighted in the Netherlands by the disappearance of a nine-month pregnant 14 year old girl and her 24 year old husband,reports The Independent. Fatema Alkasem had been staying in the Ter Apel asylum centre before she left on 31 August and police fear she may require medical care.
Dutch asylum centres are reported to be housing 20 child brides between the ages of 13 and 15. On average three a week now arrive in the country, reports Die Welt, with at least 34 underage wives seeking asylum last year (according to leaked official papers). Twenty-two girls wanted to enter the Netherlands via ‘family reunification’ – with two being 13 years old and another two only 14.
While the religious leaders and the Muslim migrants themselves may not see a problem, we non-Muslims do, and we will not abide the open and systematic abuse of children among us. We fight to stop these very same actions when they are kept behind closed doors, why would we ever consider allowing them simply because the tenets of Islam tell us we should? It’s disturbing, and yet some liberals are arguing that we acquiesce to the demands of these sexually perverted deviants. At least in Denmark there are still some willing to stand for morality and reason – the “right-wing” immigration minister, Inger Stojberg, spoke out against the Muslim practice of marrying children just last week.
“It is completely unacceptable that there are currently minors within the Danish asylum system living with their spouses or partners and I have asked the Danish Immigration Service to immediately put a stop to it,” she said last week, while promising that Denmark would protect the migrant children from the deviant practice.
Let’s hope he means it and that other leaders with moral fortitude will stand up to protect these children and to end the immoral practice of forced child marriage.