A recent report suggests that several teenagers from Britain have been sent away to East Africa in order to circumvent the rising incidences of knife attacks in the capital. Reports from the Rise Project, which focuses on young British Somalis, suggest that out of the 100 victims of knife attack this year, about 8% were of Somalian heritage.
Many parents are taking the drastic measure of moving out of the country after friends or youngsters from neighborhood of similar heritage backgrounds are stabbed to death. Moreover, these youngsters report living in constant dread while moving about in the city. The feeling of freedom and the fact that they ‘don’t have look over their shoulder’ every time while roaming about makes them feel secure in their homeland rather in London or in the UK, where they feel unsafe.
In a statement about the rising cases of moving-out of Somalian teenagers to their native country, Islington councilor Rakhia Ismail reported, “Does the parent wait for her child to be killed? Or does the parent take a decision – quite a drastic decision – to take him all the way back to wherever that child is from originally?”
Ismail is a mother of four children and believes that some areas of the capital are unsafe for young people. Moreover, she also draws attention to the fact that there are also parents who wish to take their children away as soon as they finish primary school. Such is the case with every five Somalian families; at least two are taking their children back to their original country in order to keep them safe, reports Ismail.