Sometimes you have to travel the “other way”
Written by Hans Erling Jensen
In January, I spent 3 weeks in the United States. I started my journey in Texas where the Foundation was first registered and then travelled to Rapid City in South Dakota for a hectic week together with friends and associates. The last week of my stay was spent with friends in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. I should have given you a fresh report weeks ago, but unfortunately on the plane home I was hit by a severe man-flu! It kept me horizontally for more than two weeks. The only thought I was able to produce in these many days was the question: “Why didn’t you take that vaccine this year? It is free for oldies over 65 here in Sweden where I live!” I must admit, I did not find any answers.
However, here I try to get back on track again!
During 2016 Sister Hatune and I spent much time discussing future projects. First, how we can obtain more funds from official or semi-official institutions. How we can open up the tight borders in Europe for REAL refugees; Christians and other majorities who are living in fear for their lives as refugees all over the world. It seems that many Christian communities in Europe have forgotten their suffering brothers and sisters. Many do not know what to do, to help.
Most people throughout the world believe that the UNHCR guarantees that refugees and persecuted minorities are treated right and that the organization carries through a proper vetting before they provide an asylum seeker with a UNHCR approval as registered refugee. Unfortunately, the majority is wrong. UNHCR claims that they suffer lack of funds. Maybe it is so, but there are other things in the organization that do not work properly, when the fact is, that so many people are depending on the organization and it is the only one to perform a just help and vetting for the millions of refugees in the world.
I gave a lecture about that in Rapid City on Friday evening, 27th January. The topic was “Refugee Crisis in Europe”. It was hard to limit the issue to 40 minutes, but I did my best. However, it was not easy to answer the question i got in the aftermath: “What can we learn from Europe?” Seven days after the election of president Trump I had nothing to say but, “you can only learn what not to do! Looking at your new administration I have to admit, that I think we will be those who shall learn from you in the future!”
Europe suffers from dangerous denial!
In Europe, we still have not started to use the adequate words for things. Those who are doing so are instantly hanged out to dry and being labeled with names: Xenophobe, islamophobe, homophobe, right wing extremist, fascist, nazi and so on. Isn’t that fantastic? When a Muslim kills 75 people in Orlando the Obama government cried out for gun control. When a Muslim uses a truck to kill 85 persons in Nice, the Italian government forbids trucks where there are festivals, when a man in Sweden kills an innocent family with knives, the authorities start mumbling about knife control (in IKEA they locked all knifes up behind safety glass). Then, when president Trump talks about immigration control from certain countries with a Muslim population to avoid these terror threats every “do good’er” in the Western world starts screaming: Racist, nazi, islamophobe again!
No one cares for the persecuted in these countries. As Sister Hatune said last autumn in a couple of interviews: “Why do we let in the wolves and close our doors for the suffering sheep?” Read here one interview. Have we ever before seen a denial like the one we witness in these days?
In an official report from 2016 on the rise of sexual harassments (or assaults) in our open western societies, the Swedish police mentioned a research completed with the purpose of finding out the reasons laying behind the rapidly growing phenomena. The mass-grooming incidents that occurred on public New Year festivals in many European cities like Köln, Hamburg and Berlin in Germany and the Finish capitol Helsinki and Kalmar in Sweden. In the report the police themselves calls the incidents Taharrush gamea.
Well, using that perception no further analysis of “who are the perpetrators” should really be necessary. The term “Taharrush gamea” is Arabic and means “group-harassment” which involves large group of young men harassing women sexually in public places by pawing them, hitting or beating them, robbing them, stripping them naked and it all often ends up in open rape!
But for sure, our leaders in the West ensure us every day, that “this has nothing to do with Islam!”
These are just a few sentences about what I tried to describe in Rapid City, about the Europe I come from. Maybe people here (in Europe) now will say, that I am not a good European because I criticize my continent in the USA?
Why all this travelling around?
Now you might think, “what has all that to do with helping the needy?” First of all, I travelled to the USA to visit my partner in Texas. We are going to make some changes to the organization of the foundation, and therefore we needed to meet. Then I was invited to Rapid City by friends I met in Stockholm in October last year. And that I could not refuse. Good Christian people with the will to support the Foundation and wanting us share our experiences from Europe, the Middle East, the refugee crisis and the development in our part of the world. It was a pleasure to speak at the Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota. A great thank you to Kirsten, her family and all others that supported me there.
I visited a good old friend, Phyllis Chesler, professor, author, feminist of the old school in New York. Phyllis has followed our work for the last 3 years and written several articles about our efforts in the Middle East. I am so grateful for the inspiration she has given me over the years! Good friends, you can’t get enough of them… https://phyllis-chesler.com/
I ended my journey in Connecticut and met a great man here, Trey. He also was one of the people I had the opportunity to meet with in Stockholm in October. He really dragged me around to meet his friends and associates, I lived in his house and we had some great days together, discussing how to expand the Foundations information flow. Thank you for your hospitality Trey!
I happened to come home with the biggest man-flu ever, and that was here I started this little story. Already now, we are developing new ideas and making new connections through some of the great people I learned to know during the trip. It is a little early to reveal the content for the end of the many loose threads. But I can tell you most of my energy was used to speak and gather information about how to do something with the many persecuted brothers and sisters caught on enemy or hostile soil around the world. And so it should be – that is what we do in the Foundation: Try to help the persecuted and the most needy!
If you want to participate in that work, please donate to our work here!
Hans Erling Jensen
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