Muslim Wives in Italy: The Ultimate Segregation
Gates of Vienna
November 16, 2016 by Baron Bodissey.
The following TV report from Italy takes a look at what has become an all too familiar phenomenon in the West: the complete segregation and isolation of Muslim women, who live as virtual slaves to their husbands, even after being resident in the country for decades.
Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
00:02 He hit me hard in the face.
00:09 Look… —Signs of dermatological damage.
00:16 My face was white like this.
00:19 Always, always like this.
00:22 Her face still swollen from the blows she received, her frightened look
00:26 from the violence with which her husband beat her last night for the nth time.
00:30 That’s how Bouchra, a young 34-year-old Moroccan woman,
00:34 receives us in a dwelling where she has lived with little Ahmed for about nine months.
00:38 He did like this with my hair, and hit my face like this.
00:43 These are the photos you took yesterday after he beat you? —Yes.
00:50 Why did he beat you?
00:53 Because I…
00:58 wanted to learn Italian.
01:02 I was doing exercises… You were doing exercises in Italian?
01:06 …Italian exercises…
01:09 and my husband arrived…
01:14 and said …
01:17 “Enough”? “Enough,” yes. “I want to eat.”
01:20 For three years, Bouchra has been married an Egyptian man.
01:23 For her to learn our language would mean
01:26 becoming independent and finally succeeding in integrating,
01:29 a process that perhaps for the man who says he loves her is too dangerous.
01:32 Since arriving in Italy, this residence in Milan Province has been her prison.
01:37 You never leave home? —No.
01:40 Never, you live here inside, locked up here inside? —Yes. My husband locks the door.
01:45 Your husband has locked you inside and taken the key? —Yes.
01:50 I prepare meals for the family…
01:55 Do all the housework. Everything.
01:58 I don’t have family here, friends.
02:02 I only have my husband.
02:05 So you only have your husband? —Yes.
02:08 So what can I do? —Now after the nth incident of violence,
02:12 Bouchra finally found the courage to report it.
02:15 She shows us the suitcases she prepared to leave the home
02:18 “Soon,” she tells me, “the Carabinieri will arrive to carry me and my son away.”
02:22 Then at the time of prayer, she lays a small rug on the floor and prays in silence to her God.
02:40 “Good evening, Signora. Are you ready?”
02:45 For a few nights, Bouchra and Ahmed will sleep in a shelter.
02:49 Then, for them a new life begins.
02:53 In Italy, according to the latest report by Caritas Inmigrantes.
02:56 foreign women number about two and a half million.
02:59 And if some of them succeed in integrating and finding work,
03:02 there are many, perhaps, too many, like Bouchra, who live in a world
03:06 made up only of children and home, where the only language spoken
03:09 is that of their country of origin.
03:12 We are in Via Padova, in the quarter considered the multi-ethnic quarter of Milan.
03:17 A long street about five kilometers where thirty-three thousand people live.
03:22 A third of them are foreigners. —Can I ask you where you are from?
03:26 Sorry. I don’t understand. —You don’t speak Italian?
03:29 Not well, very little. I also don’t speak well.
03:32 You don’t speak Italian well? — No, I don’t speak well.
03:35 —Have you been in Italy many years? —Yes. —How long?
03:38 Five. — Five years? —Yes.
03:41 And you speak… —A little. — How many years have you been in Italy?
03:45 Uh, ten years. —Ten years, and you don’t speak Italian?
03:49 No, a little.
03:52 It’s difficult to speak with the women we meet on the street, so we try to go into a kabob shop
03:56 to ask for information. Do you have any women working around here?
04:02 No. —Do you know of any businesses where women are working?
04:07 Look, I don’t know what to say to you.
04:10 And while I was trying to find someone to interview,
04:13 an interesting conversation began about the concept of the woman in the Islamic religion.
04:18 The woman in Islam has to ask permission to go out.
04:23 Do you always know where your wife is? —It’s normal.
04:26 I have the right to know where my wife goes. I have the right
04:29 to say to my wife, I don’t like you to go with this person…
04:32 And you are the guardian? —Yes
04:35 The woman is the master of the house.
04:38 because the woman is the one who in practice manages the whole family.
04:42 She doesn’t work for pay. However, she does other work.
04:48 As a husband, as a father, as a brother,
04:53 let’s say I don’t like it that my women, of my family,
04:56 …are going out and about. —You don’t like it. —As a husband, I don’t share that.
05:01 But how thin is the wall that separates this role as master of the home and a reality
05:05 of isolation and segregation? I ask Maria Teresa, who since 2006,
05:09 fights with the Association in Defense of the Rights of Women.
05:13 You and your association are also occupied with Islamic women.
05:18 What are the grievances and violence most often reported by these women?
05:23 Violence that comes from being mistreated by husbands; many times they keep them at home.
05:27 Many of these women are completely unable to speak Italian,
05:31 That is, to speak our language, in order to create this ultimate segregation.
05:37 Yes, yes. I think they do it to avoid contact with us.
05:42 It has happened that girls who went to university,
05:47 and there was the father who didn’t want his daughter to continue studies.
05:52 He took the books and burned them. Therefore, they are afraid
05:55 she will do too much, learn our language, work…
05:58 These women will manage too much…
06:01 That independence that disturbs their religion.
06:04 For the men, the women must be subjugated to them.