Another day with a ‘y’ in it, another ‘Indy’ article on radicalisation:
“They told me how there was no crime and no discrimination in the Islamic State. They spoke about relations between men and women, and said that I would find a good husband, even if I would be one of several of his wives. They spoke about fighting the unbelievers and the heretics, but never mentioned any violence or executions or anything like that,” Maysa says.
No, I know what you’re thinking, but Maysa isn’t some backwards Third World child – she’s a 17 year old brought up under Brussels’s educational system, and getting, she says elsewhere, ‘good marks’.
Within weeks, her new friends provided Maysa with a cheap mobile phone with a pre-paid sim card and told her to keep it secret. It was on this phone that she was contacted, usually by text message, and told where and when the next meeting of the group would take place.
“I now see I knew nothing about them, really. Just their first names. But I didn’t question it,” Maysa says.
Doing a bang up job there, Western education!