A month after his disappearance, Mohamed, 4 years old, has been found dead in Berlin. The suspected murderer has been arrested. The boy had been abducted on the LaGeSo’s premises.
Such news are always sickening, and horrible. A child is dead, his life stolen and irreplaceable, and none of what can be written about the circumstances will bring him back to his parents. That alone is a terrible waste.
But what is incredibly sad, today, is that this could, and should have been avoided. It happened because the opportunity for a sick man to abduct and molest a child has been created by the unchanging and shameful chaos that is the LaGeSo, ever since this summer.
Mohamed and his parents were refugees. They sought asylum in Germany. Asylum is defined as follows: a shelter or a protection from danger. They came to this country with the hope of a better life, because they could no longer see a future in their native country. Instead, Mohamed’s life ended untimely and that of his parents has been forever destroyed.
Why did it happen? It could happen because people who seek asylum in Germany arrive at the LaGeSo, and are not treated as human beings should. Instead, after a journey that in itself is utter hell, they land in yet another chaos, and since there aren’t enough officials and efficient security services on site, anyone, including people who should never be allowed to approach a child, is allowed to enter the site.
It started this summer with ill-intentioned people setting up a hostel vouchers traffic and stealing money from refugees – an ongoing issue and by no means an isolated case. It continues with sick people abducting children; Mohamed’s story is – so far – an isolated event, but a terribly tragic one that should and could have been avoided at all costs. Instead, it happened despite repeated and desperate calls for help from everyone volunteering or working at the LaGeSo. The situation hasn’t improved quickly enough, the chaos is still there, thus enabling such tragedy to happen.
From the very beginning, we volunteers had warned – and feared – that a catastrophe was bound to happen. It’s not about “we told you so”, it’s about not letting it happen ever again, now that it shamefully has. It has happened one time too many with Mohamed’s unfair death. Now there will probably be public apologies issued, a minute of silence held in his memory. What will it change for his family? Nothing. But since nothing else before made a difference, this shameful tragedy should at the very least be a wake-up call for all those who refuse to acknowledge the critical and urgent need for more action in the handling of the so-called “refugee-crisis”.