By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Friday, June 10, 2016
Two North African asylum seekers have been charged with arson in Germany after they allegedly set fire to a shelter in the western city of Duesseldorf.
German investigators said an altercation over small Ramadan meals led to the fire that gutted the shelter for 282 refugees, mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa, the BBC reported.
Police said a late evening meal served for Muslims observing Ramadan angered a group of men not taking part in the fast.
“We’re looking at this as the motive,” an investigator said.
Staff at the shelter were reportedly spat at and pelted with shoes. The fire broke out Tuesday and eight men were subsequently arrested.
24 May 2016, 11:39 UTC
A poignant new video experiment breaking down barriers between recently-arrived refugees and Europeans will be launched globally by Amnesty International tomorrow, 25 May 2016.
The video, Look Beyond Borders, is based on a theory that four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact increases intimacy. Amnesty International Poland and Polish ad agency DDB&Tribal applied the theory, developed by psychologist Arthur Aron in 1997, to the refugee crisis, sitting refugees from Syria and Somalia opposite people from Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland and the UK, with overwhelmingly positive results. It was filmed by Amnesty International Poland in Berlin in April 2016.