From Vlad Tepes Blog:
Natalya G. looks like a ballet dancer. She looks strict and girly at the same time with her wide-spaced eyes. G. is a russian TV reporter. But she got into trouble because of her regime critical reports. When her daughter, 17, marched at a Moscow peace demonstration, in which she wanted to show her support for the Ukraine, she was attacked and injured – quite likely by a police officer.
So in March of last year, G. flew to Hannover with her and filed for Asylum in Germany. As she lived in four different homes – three of them with their own management – she realized that she could not feel safe everywhere in Germany. “What women have to endure is terrible”, G. says. “I never thought that such conditions were possible in Germany.”
Today, she is doing well; she was able to fetch her two younger daughters, 11 and 13, from Russia. A family is letting her and her three daughter stay in an apartment in their house, so the four of them now live in Dortmund. Her girls are attending an Integration class. “I am very lucky that I can be here in Germany, in safety”, G. says. But it was a difficult start.
Home management did nothing: Absolutely nothing
G.’s first stop with her oldest daughter was Braunschweig. Mind you: Like a lotto jackpot, they were given a room for six people, in which only two more women lived. “Every evening the police came, there were fights between two groups of men the whole time”, G. says. “One of the men was constantly in the women’s bathroom, when I wanted to use it. They would switch with others, as if they were standing guard, and wanted to show: We disregard you, you have nothing to say here.”
G. and her daughter only went to the bathroom together. And never without telling others that they went, so that they could alarm home management in case they weren’t returing. “Finally after five days I dared to take a shower”, she says. “I knew, it cold happen any moment that someone would break the door open.”
G. asked home management, why aren’t you doing anything? And she got no answer. Her impression: The threat against women was silently accepted. “One evening a man from the security detail came and pushed a 13 year old girl from Albania into our room and asked, that we would watch her. The father of the girl is violent towards her mother, and the girl needed protection”, G. tells.
“We hid her in our room for the night. I impressed on her the importance don’t open the door for anyone, don’t go to the window, and don’t go to the bathroom. I let her pee into a cup”, she tells. She had asked the security officer what was going on with the mother. He only said, “we will see in the morning.”
Suddenly, the next day, there was a woman standing in the hallway. “I instantly knew, that could only be the girl’s mother”, remembers G. “She was black and blue, and her face did not look human anymore. And she was pregnant. Just like so many women in the homes.”
Men standing guard at the bathrooms
Braunschweig is not the only home where G. experienced these cruelties, which were tolerated by the home managements. Because of overcrowding, her and her daughter were brought to a different home in Oerlinghausen. On the upper floor every evening there was a man walking the hallways with two machetes – one on the left, one on the right of his belt, “like a pirate”.
And there, too, the men were standing guard at the women’s toilettes. And it was just like that in the third home in Bielefeld. “I began to understand that there was a system to this, and I can as a whole only say: Women there mean nothing, absolutely nothing, women can’t move about freely, they are treated like dogs.”
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