Honour killing story

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Belinda Akinyi A.
born: 1986
Stabbed to death: 30 July 2015
Residence: Erfurt
Origin: Kenya
Children: 2 sons (2 and 6 years)
Perpetrator: her boyfriend Ismail Nagi Z. (28 years)
Belinda comes to Germany as an aupair. She is abused and goes to a house. Through the internet she meets a German who becomes the father of her first son.

The son gives Belinda a permanent residence permit in 2010; she separates from the father of the child. After that she is back with her ex-boyfriend Ismail, who temporarily lives with her and is probably also violent. It is unclear whether he is the father of the second son.

Ismail works as a baker's help. Belinda has a small company that deals with foreign calling cards and also works in the retirement home. Maybe she wanted to quit to follow a further education. Moreover, she wants to get a divorce.

Ismail will not accept this. He stabs her in her apartment with a knife 85 times. She dies of blood loss on the balcony. The sons look at the deed. Ismail has been arrested. Probably the neighbours had called the police.

Belinda's body is being transferred to Kenya. The Jewish community opens a donation account for this. The issue of religion remains open. Ismail could have been a Muslim and Belinda a Christian, which could indicate the names. However, there are articles in which Nelson is mentioned as the name of the perpetrator, which can later be added as a second name. But it can also be very different. We would be very happy with directions!

In January 2016, the trial before the court of Erfurt will begin. Both sons now live in a foster family. In February the perpetrator is sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for manslaughter.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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