An Open Letter To Vanessa McCulloch In Antwerp

Diamond 2City of Antwerp

Following an article I wrote captioned ‘New Threat Of Terrorism Overshadows Antwerp,’ A woman who lives in Antwerp called Vanessa McCulloch, wasn’t happy about the article I wrote. According to her, the article is misleading. She said there is no publication indicating that the police warned people against terrorist threat in Meir.

I deleted one of her comments which I find it very provoking because I valued my blog, and wouldn’t like to permit any comments I don’t like on my blog. But after deleting the comment, this is what Vanessa posted again.


  1. I have not claimed to work for the city of Antwerp. You have misunderstood. Thank you.

2. You are not a proper journalists. Journalists are interested in the truth. I have contacted Antwerp police to ask them if they have issued a warning to stay away from Meir.

3. You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.


After reading your blog, I thought you work for the city of Antwerp. If you aren’t working for the City of Antwerp, then I ‘m sorry.

Vanessa, you said I’m not a proper journalist because journalists are interested in truth. That’s  a big lie. I believe I’m the most sincere journalist living in Belgium. If Belgian journalists pursue the truth, they would have published openly that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes against Africa. Because Belgium played a role in those medical crimes against Africa, there isn’t any sincere journalist in Belgium today to expose them.

This is an article written by me.

A Challenge To Top Scientists In Europe And America: “Prove Me Wrong If Aids, Ebola And Lassa Fever Are Not Medical Crimes Against Africa”- Scientist Johan Van Dongen


“You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.”- Vanessa.

 Joel Savage’s answer: Vanessa encouraging people to stay away from Meir, is not a serious crime compared to what King Leopold II did to Africans. Despite all the crime he committed, there are streets named after him. After killing over ten million Africans, including women and children, he has also a statue in Brussels, while there is no statue of Adolf Hitler for killing six million Jews. 

If you want fame, please don’t come and seek that fame on my blog because hundreds of people read my articles. I know that many Belgians don’t have respect for Africans, but I strongly believe that as a foreigner in Antwerp, I have achieved what many Belgians couldn’t.

Wasting your time attacking me on an article that I wrote to me is outrageous. Please, use that time to tell Belgian journalists to write the truth about Aids and Ebola, then on my behalf, you can write to the Royal Family in Brussels to pull down the statue of King Leopold II, because the dead can’t be mocked.

New Threat Of Terrorism Overshadows Antwerp

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Meir, one of the busiest commercial centers in the city of Antwerp.

Following the Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Metro station attacks by terrorists,  which claimed lives and caused injuries, a group of terrorists claiming to be ISIS, posted a message on Facebook that: “Antwerp will never have a good sleep,” since then the Antwerp police have increased security to bring comfort to ‘Antwerpners’ amidst fear.

In today’s (8/4/2016) edition of Gazette Van Antwerpen, one of Belgium’s newspapers, reports that extra security is now in force, with heavily armed police, protecting citizens, after a mother warns the Antwerp police that her son has joined the Syrian fighters.

According to the woman, the intention of her son is to join other terrorists to target the famous commercial center Meir, City festival centers, and cinemas, to kill and destroy. Antwerp’s police boss Wouter Bruyns has confirmed the story.

The police have therefore issued a warning to everyone to keep away from Meir, one of the busiest shopping centers in Antwerp, and entertainment spots to avoid any bloodshed. Even though the mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, is working hand in hand with the police, to provide extra security throughout the city, many people are still afraid, because of the violent and unpredictable nature of the terrorists.

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Part of the beauty of Antwerp’s Meir at a glance.

Already, the Belgian government has lost millions of revenue, following the closure of the Zaventem airport for a number of days, to restore the badly affected halls at the airport. Now that activities at Meir, one of the busiest commercial centers in the city, has been halted, no one can predict  how bad it’s going to affect Belgium’s economy or the Province of Antwerp.

How The Antwerp Police Disappointed Us And Freed A Belgium Criminal Who Steals Money From Foreigners

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Belgium police force: Not everything that glitters is gold

Throughout Europe, where there is a concentration of foreigners, including illegal immigrants, their conducts and activities become a burden to the government and the police. That’s where most of the citizens take the advantage to commit crimes against foreigners with impunity.

Accommodation and advocacy frauds

The ugly civil war in Sierra Leone and ethnic conflicts in Africa, forced many to the shores of Europe, with hundreds of refugees ending up in Antwerp, Belgium. It was this hectic period; some lawyers thought it is an opportunity to make money from immigrants, struggling for documents in Antwerp.

Some of the lawyers embraced criminality and went further to deceive some of the foreigners, to secure them Belgium passports and took thousand Euros each from them. Desperate people do desperate things. Without any slight knowledge that it was a fraud and gaining confidence in the lawyers, many paid the money to the lawyers.

The victims many of them Africans couldn’t tell their ordeal to the police, but I had all the information from them in my single room beneath a three storey building in a quiet neighborhood in Antwerp. Fortunately or unfortunately, one of the victims, David, was a man I knew very well before his family came from the Republic of Togo to join him.

The syndrome of lawless Antwerp didn’t only affect some of its lawyers but the police and some landlords, who stole money from foreigners they rent houses to.  Leona Détigé, the female mayor of Antwerp, did well to correct the issues, known in Belgium as ‘Huisjesmelkers’ ‘that is landlords that milk money from tenants’ but the police under her administration disappointed her.

Like many places, houses rented to people in Belgium is accompanied by three months payment in advance, as a guarantee to take good care of the place. Some good landlords give back money to tenants when leaving the house without any problem, but some steal the money with false charges that you’ve damaged this or that.

The latter is the type of Belgian who rented his house to me. In fact, since it’s his wish to steal, he rents his rooms only to foreigners, because he knew they are scared to death to go to the police station to lodge a complaint.

Belgian landlord flees leaving his car behind.

In the same apartment where I lived was a Nepalese couple on the third floor. When his pregnant wife, could no longer climb the stairs, as the law requires, he gave the landlord three months notice that he will be leaving the house because of his wife’s pregnancy. When the time arrived for him to leave the house, the criminal landlord refused to give his amount of 27,000 Belgium francs, about 669 Euros.

Taking someone’s money is not my business, but when he stole my 9,000 Belgium franc, out of the 27,000 I gave him, I took it as a serious crime to follow up. I confronted him but he refused to give me my money. I told him squarely that I am not a Nepalese but a different African. He thought that was a bluff because of underestimation.

Without his knowledge, I sent a registered letter to the then mayor of Antwerp, Leona Détigé to tell her what the landlord was doing against foreigners. The mayor forwarded the letter to the Antwerp police to handle the case. I was working when the Antwerp’s police branch in Handel street, called me to come to their office. Before going to the office, the police told me to bring all the people, the landlord has stolen their money.

I contacted two African victims. The mere mention of police made them soft like a sugar in a hot tea. They refused to join me to the police station. They claimed that could affect them in the future if the government decides to deny them documents to live in Belgium. The only person who agreed to go to the police station with me was the Nepalese. He was a victim and my only witness.

At the police station, we were interrogated and both of us narrated our experiences with the crook landlord. Being a Belgian, the police refused to do anything positive for us. All that the police boss could say is “If we know that the man steals money from foreigners, why did we rent his house?” That was the end of the case. We left the police station disappointed.

Since the police didn’t take any action, I knew the fraud would persist with his schemes, so I chose to take the law into my own hands in a nonviolent but innovating way. Tenants kept moving in because he had written on the house “Te Huur,” meaning to rent. I boldly printed posters that read “Don’t be a victim. The owner of this house is a criminal who steals ‘waarborg’ of foreigners. Be wise and keep away from this house.” I posted them in Dutch and English, all over the house and the glass windows.

I checked them daily if the posters are still there. Sometimes I came to see them removed and then I paste fresh ones. Once I was putting fresh posters on the window when I spotted a police van behind me. The two policemen in the van stopped to read the poster on the window, without a question they moved away. I did this continuously for several weeks.

Another time, I was coming to see if the posters were on the windows, when I saw the landlord, removing away the posters from the windows. As I hastily headed to meet him, he abandoned his car and fled towards the central train station, terrified. I don’t know how old he was, but he was the fastest runner I had ever seen. I couldn’t get him when I gave him a hot chase.


I came back to where he left his car and deflated one of the car tires to prevent him from escaping. I waited for him over two hours but he never came back. I left and went home. In the morning when I came back the car was gone. I continued to post the warnings on the windows for three months. This hurt his business so badly that no one rented the house for a very long time.

Eventually, I rented a new apartment at the outskirts of Antwerp to have my peace, but the vindictive landlord was able to trace me to my new place and report me to the police in the community I lived. I received a letter to come to the police for interrogation. The police on duty read my charges and asked me if I understand the contents of the letter. “It’s a serious crime.” He said.

I told the officer, the Antwerp’s branch of their office knew about the case and was in charge of the investigation. He asked for a proof of my claim, but I didn’t have it with me, so he asked me to go home and bring it. When I finally presented them to him and satisfied, he told me to go home.

Joel Savage to appear in court

When the landlord heard that I’ve been set free, he was mad. He sent the case to court. In a letter of summons to appear in court, his lawyer stated that I wasn’t living in his house any longer, but I continued to post things on his apartment windows and doors, which had prevented people from renting the house and cost him revenue. His client filed for a compensation for almost three hundred Euros. I refused to appear in court, instead sent a registered letter attached to the police report of the case.

I asked the lawyer to judge, who really should be compensated in this situation, thereafter I didn’t hear from any of them again. Whatever happens to me benefits me. If you want a story which will keep you laughing till your stomach bursts, fight with your mind if this or that really happened and keep you in suspense, then I recommend ‘Little Belgium-Wonderful Experience.’