Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with her Somalian counterpart at the World Economic Summit in Davos this week, and he promised her that he would investigate concerns about alleged brutality at so-called “Koran schools” in Somalia.
Hassan Ali Khaire, who retains a Norwegian passport after arriving in Norway as a refugee in 1989 before returning to Somalia as an adult, claimed that schools in Somalia “won’t be tolerated” if their conditions are “not acceptable” for children.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported numerous cases of abuse at schools where Somalian immigrant parents in Norway had sent their own children. They believe that strict discipline at the schools, with a concentration on studies of Islam, will bring Somalian-Norwegian children closer to their Somalian heritage.
Instead, many of the teenage children sent to the schools rhave reported severe physical abuse, including cases where their hands or legs were chained together. The Somalian prime minister claimed he lacked details about the cases, “but we will of course investigate them. We will follow up on this.”