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Somali parents: Somalia Safer than London


The mayor of Islington estimates two in five Somali families send children home to the war-torn country because of the scale of knife crime in London.

Mayor Rakhia Ismail, a Somalian refugee who came to London, said that parents are making the decision because they believe it will save their child's life. 

One Somali mother, Amina, told the harrowing story of how her 15-year-old son was stabbed four times, just 17 days after he returned from a year-long stay in his native country: 'They damaged his bladder, his kidneys, his liver. He's got permanent damage. He was safer there than he was here, 100 per cent more safe than in London.' 

Eight per cent of the victims were of Somali heritage, according to the BBC. 

The Foreign Office declared Somalia the 13th most dangerous country in the world due to its constant threat of terrorism.  

This year 100 people have been stabbed to death in the UK. 

Jamal Hassan, a mentor of young Somali men in London, said:'If it means that child doesn't finish school, college, university or he will not have a good job by the time you come for them the future is not really important. What is important is that child's life.' 

Another mother said she sent to own child back to Africa in a bid to avoid London's knife crime.