Islamic Extremists Cause Unrest as Tensions Rise on Island of British Acid Attack Girls

Eugene Henderson, Express (London), August 11, 2013

When 18-year-olds Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup volunteered to work as teachers, they were told how to behave and how they should dress while visiting an island where at least 95 per cent of the population is Muslim.

What they failed to realise is that months of growing tension has left Zanzibar a very different destination to the one portrayed in the brochures.

Religious intolerance has become commonplace with attacks on both Muslim and Catholic leaders, including the fatal shooting of a priest on Christmas Day.

Like much of east Africa, Zanzibar is going through a torrid time. In a region where Al Qaeda in Kenya merges into the equally dangerous Al Shabaab in Somalia, there are concerns that a brand of radical Islam is gaining a foothold there.

However, police hunting the two men on a motorbike who targeted the girls insist they are keeping an open mind over the motive for the attack.

Many on the island believe those responsible are linked to an extremist group that wants to impose Sharia law.

The rise of The Awakening, or Uamsho in the island’s native Swahili, has been meteoric. It is also believed wealthy outsiders from the Gulf states or Iran are backing it.

Led by Sheikh Farid Hadi Ahmad, who is in jail awaiting trial, it has emerged as the new political voice on an island which is no stranger to pol­itical upheaval. Arab traders have lived on the island, which has been a melting pot of races and religions since as far back as the ninth century.

In 1890, more than a decade after the once lucrative slave trade was abolished, the British declared the island a protectorate and it stayed that way until it gained independence in 1963.

However, in 1964, during a bloody revolution, the African majority, many of them descendants of slaves, overthrew the minority Arab ruling elite.

After a republic was established, an act of union with Tanganyika on the mainland was signed giving semi-autonomy to ­Zanzibar and forming the United Republic of Tanzania.

Political tensions persisted for more than four decades, with elections marred by rioting, top right, but in 2010 it was hoped the formation of the Zanzibar Government of National Unity would finally bring the unrest to an end. It succeeded in ending party clashes but left a political vacuum which Uamsho is exploiting.

Formed as a religious charity, it is now demanding independence.

“We don’t need a new constitution…we need our freedom,” Sheikh Hadi Ahmad said in a speech last year.

He has accused the country’s rulers of betraying Zanzibar and claims prostitution, drugs and alcohol are all corruptions exported from Tanzania.

Uamsho’s agenda includes a code of conduct for the tourists who account for 80 per cent of foreign currency earnings, draconian limits on alcohol and private hotel beaches to prevent visitors corrupting locals.

Last year Tanzania’s prime minister Mizengo Pinda told the National Assembly: “Unfortunately Uamsho has lost direction and is propagating hatred among the people in Zanzibar.”

One opponent claims the rhetoric has left many Zanzibaris feeling that Uamsho “speaks for them”.

In October last year, when Sheikh Hadi Ahmad went missing for four days, his supporters rampaged in the streets and the clashes left two people dead. He claimed to have been kidnapped by the security forces.

Now he is one of 10 Muslim clerics in jail, accused of conspiracy to instigate violence.

Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal church leaders have all expressed growing fears among their followers about the safety of their lives and ­property, especially church buildings. Despite government crackdowns and propaganda aimed at undermining Uamsho, there seems to be no signs of its support waning.

In the mosques Imams praise the “freedom fighters” of Al Shabaab. In the wake of last week’s attack, police issued a warrant for the arrest of Islamist preacher Sheikh Ponda Issa, in the belief his teaching may have inspired the outrage.

In such a climate, many religious leaders are convinced fundamentalists are behind the attack on the girls.

Moderate Muslim cleric Sheikh Fadhil Soraga, who suffered horrific burns to his face and arms in an acid attack nine months ago, said: “Of course this was Uamsho.

“Just 10 days ago they were saying they were planning something. This attack, which all Muslims must condemn, is their work.”

Seven suspects were detained in the hours after the attack on a street in the capital Stone Town on Wednesday and a £4,000 reward is now being offered for information.

Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch, of Oxford University, said Uamsho and Sheik Hadi Ahmad were primarily a grouping articulating the social tensions of the unemployed and many disenfranchised youth.

“They do not have a definite programme,” he said. “That is their strength. Yes, there are religious and political tensions, but above all there are social tensions arising out of the inability and lack of will by the government to do something about rampant youth unemployment, government corruption, a failing education system and a non-functioning health sector.

“I would say these two young women were selected as victims because they had the prospect of having a life that most youths in Zanzibar could not even dream of.”

The teenagers, who were volunteers for the charity Art in Tanzania, were in the final week of their trip. Police said it was the first time foreigners had been attacked in this way.

Katie revealed, however, that she had been attacked last month by a Muslim woman who hit her because she was singing in the street during the fasting month of Ramadan.

There were claims that a man standing near the girls could have been the intended target.

However, Katie’s mother Nicky said: “They weren’t going for the man. They were going up and down the road, they were going for tourists.”

The teenagers arrived back in Britain on Friday and were taken to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London to receive treatment for their burns.

Kirstie Turp's burns.

Kirstie Turp’s burns.

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  • Welcome to diversity, Kirstie. I hope you survive the experience!

    • Manaphy

      I have never actually understood why young, (possibly) well-intentioned, white European Girls always have this messiah complex, and always go to these third world hellholes, to help the same Muzzies that want to kill them.

      • Triarius

        Couple the altruism gene in whites with the nurturing instinct in women. Don’t feel too bad, anyone doing this is most likely an antifa or extreme leftist that wants to eradicate “white privilage” and flood Europe with every non-white on the globe, and their religion backs that up as well.

        • While I hate the liberal-left “antifa” ideology and its sanctimonious authoritarianism, I am old enough to understand that people change as they finish growing up by their late 20s and early 30s, and being disfigured and perhaps even blinded is a high price to pay for merely being young and foolish. A classic example was visible at my ten year high school reunion: nearly everyone who showed up and who had gotten married by 25 was already divorced at 28. People in the developed West change a lot during those years of their lives.

          I thus cut them some slack and pity these young women for having made the poor decisions that got them where they are today. Parents are supposed to educate their children and not encourage them in folly. The parents of these girls were Johnny and Jane on-the-spot, and as parents, didn’t do their homework or their jobs.

          • Triarius

            They are currently our enemy because of what they are, not a potential ally because of what they might become. But yes, people do change and I hope they do for the better. A famous quote comes to mind about a Romanian and his hypothetical dilemma about facing an enemy and a traitor.

            Also spot on about the divorce thing. I am in my late 20s and the number of bachelor parties are now only slightly higher than the number of divorce parties I have attended. A shame, really.

          • The divorce rate sure scared me. I didn’t get married until I was 40.

  • din_do_nuffins

    This wouldn’t be happening Whitey Brits hadn’t voted for pols who promised them more money for less work. Democracy Failed.

  • Spartacus

    I’d just like to point out that those two girls weren’t white, they were jewish .

    • Manaphy

      Doesn’t make a difference. The girls weren’t attacked because of their Jewishness, they were attacked because they were white. I couldn’t tell that they were Jewish, and until I read your post, I still didn’t know. And if a smart, well-educated (and very modest) European such as myself couldn’t tell that they were Jewish, that would probably mean that some impoverished Zulu struggling to maintain his IQ level in the double digits would also have no clue. What I mean to say is that they still would have attacked the girls if they were Christians, and it is still a tragedy either way. Also, a source would be of interest.

      • Spartacus

        I understand that, but I wanted to point out that nobody that matters was hurt in this incident . I was very angry when I first read about this, but then I found out they were of the tribe and I calmed down.

        • Manaphy

          I feel the same way. Anyway this stuff happens to whites in South Africa and Zimbabwe everyday, and no one hears anything about it, but suddenly two Jewish girls are attacked and it makes the news. I guess this shows how much of a stranglehold the Tribe has on world media….

        • Whitetrashgang

          Yes the tribe is behind all our misery, I would do the same thing. I will now have another beer in celebration.

  • IstvanIN

    and just another example why we shouldn’t live with them. Any of them.

    • me

      Absolutely! European Americans should only be allowed here.

  • Nick Gherz

    When they heard about the attack, Amy Biehl’s parents reportedly wore sh!t-eating grins.

  • ViktorNN

    If we’re attacked in their lands, it’s symptomatic of “the West’s problematic colonial/imperialist history in that part of the world” etc. etc.

    If we’re attacked by them in our own lands, it’s symptomatic of “the frustration and alienation that non-whites feel living in racist white countries” etc. etc.

    If we attack them in our lands, it’s symptomatic of “the West’s history of racist violence against non-white minorities” etc. etc.

    Long story short – it’s always white people’s fault.

    • sbuffalonative

      I did find the headline interesting. ‘Islamic Extremists Cause Unrest’.
      The press generally isn’t that up front about who is causing his unrest.

  • Magician

    I believe such severe wounds as seen in the pic above cannot be completely removed with the current medical technology…. google for images of women attacked with acid on their faces. They are living the rest of their lives looking like monsters

  • Elena Andbasket

    Maybe the combination of Sub-Saharan African genes and clearly apparent proclivities, coupled with the insane and brutal ideology of Islam might not be a good thing? A stone age people, a pre-medieval barbaric religion, modern weapons. What could go wrong?

    • Spartacus

      Never miss a chance to post this :

      • Whitetrashgang

        Is the hut on the right considered middle class, or upper middle class?

        • sbuffalonative

          I’m sure if the camera panned to the left or right we would see the palatial estate the chief built for himself with money from western aid. That and a fleet of Roles Royces.

  • Bantu_Education

    After the girls male friends, who had been chaperoning them, had gone back to the UK, the Bantu came sniffing around their digs demandin sex wid da white wimmins. Quite understandable from their viewpoint – they’d probably seen the jungle fever miscegenation movies where white women find these black things irresistible. If the girls weren’t Jewish they might well have succeeded, English girls have a reputation for being very loose.

  • Jackryanvb

    Seems Russians and Serbs are the only White Christians who know how to handle Muslim murderers, rapists, oK Englsh Defense League is now good.

    Here in America….

    Open borders Libertarian loons.

    • Puggg

      “Open borders Libertarian loons”

      Who were obviously so successful in electing Gary Johnson the President.

      The more I see of that one, the more I wonder how he even as “high” as 1% of the vote.

  • Bantu_Education

    Africa Addio – the film makers witnessed the slaughter flying low over the island in a small plane. Should have won Oscars galore, but was too “racist”.

  • Triarius

    Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

    …they are traitors. If I had but one bullet and were faced by both an enemy and a traitor, I would let the traitor have it.

    Although I do love Cicero (whose name is Latin for Chickpea)

    • Betrayal of a trust is really awful, isn’t it?

      I appreciate karma in all of its glory. One of my betrayers is so full of cancer that even his tumors have suspicious growths, and the other is almost seven years into a three-to-life sentence for molesting children. Even the FBI agent who lied under oath in my old federal case looked so much older that I did not recognise him when we met at Lowe’s while I was shopping for a new garage door opener: all that red hair had turned grey. I never trusted them; he only betrayed the public trust by lying under oath. This has cured me of my old love of revenge.