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Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the AEI

September 10, 2006

Dutch expatriate Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now working as a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

I believe this is her first piece in that capacity. She writes powerfully about the conditions endured by many Muslim girls in immigrant families in Europe.

Samira had endured terrible physical and psychological violence at home. Her family always had a pretext to question her, go through her stuff and forbid her from setting foot outside the house. She was beaten frequently. There were rumours in her community that she had a Dutch boyfriend. The beatings at home became harsher. Samira could bear it no longer and left. Soon afterwards, in the summer of 2003, she got in touch with me. I went with her to the police to file a complaint against her brothers, who had threatened to murder her. According to them, Samira’s death was the only way to avenge the shame she brought upon the family for leaving their parents’ house.

The police said they could do nothing to help her except file the complaint. They said there were thousands of other women like her and it was not the police’s duty to intervene in family matters.

Read the whole thing.

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