Belgium Learns The Hard Way After Terrorist Attacks

Died 1Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 37, died at Brussels airport while her husband and twin daughters played nearby.

“If a blind man says he going to throw a stone at you, don’t laugh at him. He has one under his foot.” That’s a Ghanaian proverb.

One of my priorities in Belgium sixteen years ago was to integrate properly, have a good communication skills, just  to be productive and efficient in the society. But I realized that the biggest problem in Belgium is ‘Underestimation of foreigners, especially Africans.”

Underestimation and discrimination go together. It is a universal problem but I believe its heavier in Belgium than any country in the world, even though I haven’t been to the four corners of the globe.

If Belgium had put away underestimation, the recent terrorist attacks at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport and the Metro stations could have been prevented. I guessed that attacks shocked the entire nation and questioned their security strength.

During the days of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Belgium received a threat of invasion and destruction. Instead of taking this treat serious, in one of Belgium’s newspapers  was the response that: “Belgium is too small that Osama Bin Laden can’t find the country on the map.” Evidence of Belgium’s attitude of underestimation.

Before and after the Paris attacks, there were similar messages from various terrorist groups to infiltrate Belgium and cause destruction, yet the Belgian government ignored those warnings and waited till three bomb attacks  killing thirty-two and injuring many people in the three bomb attacks at Brussels’ airport and Maelbeek Metro station.

Underestimation can be part of the words in the dictionary, but it shouldn’t be practical or attitude, because, in Ghana, there is another proverb which says: “The river you don’t respect is exactly what will carry you away.”


Brussels:Policemen Detained For Robbing Foreigners

The Belgium police force

Policemen checking documents in Brussels

Has history repeated itself in Belgium? Just a couple of weeks ago, the  Antwerp’s police were involved in a scandal of defrauding foreigners, now from Brussels comes a report over two officers arrested for stealing from foreigners. The policemen stopped  two drivers, a Romanian and a Polish on the ring road, ransacked their trucks and confiscated a total amount of 5,300 Euro they found in their trucks.

“Scandals and frauds exist in Belgium’s Police Force”

The two officers thought the foreign drivers will not make a complaint to the police but they were wrong, especially since there have been  multiple of similar incidents. The Belgian authority considered the case very serious since the two policemen involved were in uniforms for committing such a crime.

Last month two police officers were arrested in Antwerp for similar incidence, as they looked for illegal immigrants to take money from them with the threat of deportation. Antwerp’s mayor, Bart De Wever spoke  about the demeaning factors in the history of the police force.

The Brussels’ police chief Guido Van Wymeersch sharply condemned this act . The police force is not happy over this incident, especially in such a critical time when the police is busy with the recent Zaventem and Metro stations bombing by terrorists in Brussels.

The difference between the two incidences which took place in Brussels and Antwerp is that the Antwerp agents used physical violence against their victims. The police may look different when in uniforms but they are normal human beings prone to sin like everyone. But it really undermines and questions their integrity  when instead of protecting the public they involved in such scandals.