October 5, 2005

ISLAMIC GERMANY WILL BE A VAST IMPROVEMENT:

MOTHERS AGAINST DRUG DEALERS: For decades, the Kreuzberg district in Berlin has been a marketplace for all kinds of drugs and recently it has only gotten worse. But now, a group of Turkish mothers have banded together to take back the street. It's "Mothers Without Borders" against the drug dealers. (Daniela Gerson and Ferda Ataman, 10/05/05, Der Spiegel)

The ten women gathered in a heavily Turkish corner of the Berlin district of Kreuzberg on a Saturday evening in September. Armed with flashlights to guide their way, they pulled homemade, white jerseys over their clothes. "If not us, then who?" it says on some of their jerseys. Others are painted with the group's motto: "Dealers out!" They call themselves "Mothers Without Borders."

The women are after drug dealers. For years they have been a scourge on Kreuzberg -- so long that Berliners always knew where to go to get their fix and Kreuzberg residents learned just to look away. But a little over two months ago, a group of Turkish mothers decided enough was enough. A 12-year-old boy from the neighborhood was caught -- high as a kite -- with a bag full of marijuana and a couple of pills in his hand. The problem was clearly out of hand.

Soon, 42-year-old, Turkish-German social worker G√ľner Arkis founded a citizen group with a couple of her friends. It grew quickly and they began collecting signatures -- but just as quickly, the dealers realized what was going on and began stealing the signature lists. Arkis realized more had to be done. Her group began meeting at night to confront the dealers face to face.


Our Puritanism has been a key to our success.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Mr. Judd;

Glad to see you supporting social instead of legal solutions to such problems.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at October 5, 2005 11:02 AM

Turkish Delight.

Posted by: obc at October 5, 2005 12:03 PM
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