Above is the image of the victim in a yellow Lacost t-shirt and khaki pants, involved in the recent shooting incidence that happened this month in Hamburg .The incidence caused a stire and rage among the African community in the Diaspora. The community organised a protest march against the German police, demanding the whereabout and welfare of the victim.

The 34 year old victim, Augustine Akwasi Obang hails from the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is currently receiving medical attention at the ASKLEPIOS KLINIKUM ST.GEORG (Hospital)  Lohlmühlenstraße 5, Haus C, in Hamburg Germany.
The acting Ambassador of Ghana to Germany, Mr Samuel Adotey Anum took keen interest in the case right from day one. On Wednesday, the 15th of February 2017, at exactly 14:21 Mr Anum, his assistant and two reporters of Topafric Media Network, namely Effiya and Henock visited the ASKLEPIOS KLINIKUM ST.GEORG in Hamburg.

Upon arrival at the hospital,  the name AUGUSTINE AKWASI OBENG was no where to be found on the hospital's data. The lady at the reception made it clear, if his name was not on the computer then he is not in the hospital. 
The hospital receptionist demanded an identity card from the acting Ambassador before permitting him to see the victim. Security was very tight, with two security officers guiding the entrance

After about 45 minutes, Mr. Anum come out confirming Augustine is in good health and of sound mind and was even happy to see him. He said both had a normal conversatiom from the onset until he asked the victim to share his own side of the story.
According to the acting ambassador, his worry was why the two policemen and a handcuff on his right leg to the bed. He however adviced that it was better to withhold the victim's own side of the story until investigations are thouroughly conducted.
He again pleaded with the community leadership to allow the lawyer of the victim to legally handle the case while they patiently wait for the outcome.


On Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017, afternoon (12:30 pm), 17-year-old Norwegian Zahra Noor Kiani was travelling with her sister and mother from Birmingham to Norwegian and their plane made a stop over at Hamburg airport.
After the landing in Hamburg Zahra wanted to go to the ATM for only a short time. .That was the last time her mother saw her. She went from Terminal 1 and strolled towards Hamburg airport Terminal 2.

Zahra is described as follows:
1.56 meters tall, 
About 45 kg, 
Dark long hair, 
Narrow statue,
She has on a white T-shirt, dark jeans, gray jacket, black army boots and was carrying a gray-black hand luggage trolleyThe police are asking for help. A harmless stop-over in Hamburg suddenly becomes a nightmare. Anyone with information should call Hamburg police at 4286-56789

Women in Berlin should be careful because there is someone carrying out acid attacks specifically on women in the city.
In the last three months, five women have been attacked with burning liquids and all of them have sought medical treatment, DW reported.

On Tuesday Berlin police said they were investigating a series of acid attacks on women in the past months.

The latest attack took place on Monday night in Friedrichshain, where a cyclist sprayed a 27-year-old woman with what the fire brigade suspected was acid.

If proven it would be the fifth case of its kind in the past few months.


The cyclist who escaped, is yet to be identified. The fire brigade treated the woman, who then went to hospital with injuries to her face.

According local media reports, the fire brigade had to neutralize acid, which had splashed on nearby cars during the attack.

A statement released by the police says the woman was attacked while walking along Jungstrasse.

DW reported that several women have reported being sprayed with an unknown liquid in Berlin. In January a cyclist attacked a 27-year-old woman in Prenzlauer Berg. In December three women were attacked in Prenzlauer Berg, Weissensee and Charlottenburg. All of them had to seek medical treatment.

In one case the perpetrator sprayed the liquid with a water gun from a bicycle, and in another case the liquid was proven to be battery acid, national daily “Die Welt” reported.

Investigations are still underway to establish if there is a link between the attacks.

Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has asked the regional authorities to fingerprint all refugees living in Germany.
The move is meant to fight the use of multiple identities, the so-called “cheat-identities” and “benefit fraud”.

Jutta Cordt, the new head of the BAMF, told the “Passauer Neue Presse” that it’s now the responsibility of Germany’s regional immigration offices to fingerprint refugees.

“They have to take the fingerprints of all people who register with them and compare the data with the central register,” Cordt told the paper.

BAMF officials who have been cross checking fingerprints with security authorities since last autumn have been able to “rule out multiple identities in the asylum procedure.”

The new measure comes as BAMF struggles to deal with a backlog of some 430,000 unprocessed applications for asylum.

Recently a 25-year-old asylum-seeker in Hannover was handed 21 month suspended sentence including 200 hours of community service for fraud, German public broadcaster NDR reported.

DW reported that the asylum-seeker admitted to having registered in several cities across Germany under seven different names in order to obtain social benefits.


When 'no-go' areas are mentioned in Germany, it is usually in connection with foreign mafia families. But a UN fact-finding team have warned there are areas black men fear to enter.
“When I have to go to Brandenburg for work, I go - but I wouldn’t bring my daughter with me,” said Yonas Endrias, an adoptive Berliner.

Endrias, originally from Eritrea, has been involved for years in associations that fight discrimination against black people in Germany, and is one of dozens of people of African heritage consulted by a three-person team sent by the UN to look into racism.

“Racism is particularly bad in Saxony,” Endrias said, adding that working with Saxon law enforcement posed a real problem “because the police there don’t really know what racism is". Even the deputy leader of Saxony admitted last year that the state's police had a racism problem.

The Eritrean's comments formed part of a preliminary report by the UN team on their week-long visit to Germany, presented at a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

The UN group - two lawyers and a human rights expert - visited Berlin, Dessau, Dresden, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg from February 20th to 27th. Even after their first visit, the team were clear that they saw systemic problems with racism in Germany, and an "incomplete understanding of history" that makes the situation largely invisible to the rest of the population.

“Although the constitution guarantees equality, bans racial discrimination and enshrines the inviolability of human dignity, these principles are not put into practise,” the group concluded.

They expressed particular concern that African men are often too afraid to enter certain parts of the country, due to fear of being attacked.

But the report was also sharply critical of the school system.

“Many African Muslim pupils at German schools describe their experiences as traumatic, as they not only experience racism as black people but also as Muslims," the report noted.

“According to what we have heard from civil society, more and more children from African backgrounds are being given marks by teachers which block their paths into higher education."

The group also accused the police of racial profiling, and said that "institutional racism" and racist stereotypes has led to a failure by authorities to thoroughly investigate and prosecute people who commit racist violence and hate crimes.

“The repeated denial that racial profiling exists in Germany by police authorities and the lack of an independent complaint mechanism at [the] federal and state level fosters impunity,” said Ricardo Sunga, head of the UN team, in a statement.

The group also noted that street names such as Mohrenstraße were insulting to Africans, according to Die Welt. Mohr is an outdated German word for a black person.
"People of African heritage live right a the bottom of German society. The only jobs left for them are the ones no one else wants to do,” the UN experts concluded.

The report put forward some preliminary recommendations, including that Germany should gather statistics on the number of people with African roots who live in the country.

According to Sunga, there are as many as one million people with African roots in Germany - over one percent of the population - and gathering more information on them would “make them visible.”


Ghana celebrates its independence today, 6 March. A big military parade, political speeches and cultural performances will characterise the national celebrations at the Independence Square in Accra.

Music and dance will fill the beaches of the West African country as citizens use the public holiday to enjoy themselves and everything appears to be in the national colours of red, yellow and green to remember the independence of the country from Britain 60 years ago.

The path to independence
In 1949, after 75 years of British colonial rule, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was founded by Kwame Nkrumah. In the first years of its existence the party organized numerous boycotts and strikes to raise awareness of and protest against the problems associated with colonialism in Ghana.

A year later, in 1950, the first cries for the right of self-determination were being uttered (“Self-Government Now!”). As a result of the agitation, many party officials were incarcerated, one of them was Nkrumah.

Nevertheless the CPP was able to win a big majority in the elections of that year. Nkrumah was immediately released from prison by Governor Charles Noble Arden-Clarke to enable him participate in the self-government administration instituted by the British.

After Nkrumah was elected Prime Minister in 1952, it took another five tumultuous years for the country to gain independence from Great Britain.

These troubled years are reflected in the Ghanaian flag as well: the red represents all the people that worked hard or even died for the independence of Ghana. The star on the other hand is a symbol for Africa’s emancipation and unity in the fight against colonialism.

Biggest African community in Germany
More than 40.000 people with Ghanaian heritage live in Germany, which makes them the biggest African community in the country from south of the Sahara. Half of them still have Ghanaian citizenship.

The main causes of emigration from Ghana were the issues associated with the efforts by the presidency of Kwame Nkrumah to quickly industrialize and modernize the country.

In the immediate period after independence Ghana was considered the richest country in tropical Africa and President Nkrumah embarked on an ambitious modernization programme, which included the building of schools and universities.

That period ended with the overthrow of the president in 1966, pushing the country into an economic crisis. Many Ghanaians’ hopes of entering the middle class were destroyed and they started migrating to other countries.

This was especially the case with students who had wanted to study abroad and people who already had gained their education in Ghana, who started leaving the country. That’s why this period is also known as the “Brain Drain”. Today almost half of Ghanaian university graduates live abroad, which is why they are dubbed the “elite immigrants”.

One of the elite immigrants is Stephen Ampofo, a successful engineer who’s actively engaged as the chair of the African German Network Association. He came to study in Germany in 1989. The son of a cocoa farmer has accomplished everything: he mastered the time intensive and expensive German courses, which he started attending in Ghana. He adjusted to a different culture and graduated from his studies. Now he can even afford to support his friends and family back home using money transfer services like MoneyGram. “I am extremely proud that I was able to give myself and my family an edge by migrating to Germany”.

Still, Stephen Ampofo cannot imagine becoming a German citizen. He wants to go home. “My monthly [money transfer] transactions are also meant to secure my future. I am helping my parents pay off the mortgage on their house which I will own in about 12 years,” he explains.

Akwasi Opoku Edusei from Mannheim has a similar story to tell. He was born in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana. He also came to study in Germany at the age of 28.

Today he lives with his wife in one of Europe’s biggest metropolitan areas, the Rhein-Neckar-Region. Initially, Edusei had to adjust to the climate – the Ghanaian weather is what he misses most. To him Ghana still represents paradise, which makes him even more proud on its independence day.

Akwasi Edusei is member of the Ghana Union Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, whose members are campaigning for the development of their home country. Additionally they promote the integration of Ghanaians into the German system.

Aiming to ensure that obstacles will be overcome and possibilities will be utilized, the union organizes different projects, meetings and events. As a point of contact and multiplier of information about “immigrants as entrepreneurs” this organization is one of the most active African unions in Germany. Its members will celebrate their Independence Day by talking about their former life in Ghana, their new experiences in Germany and old memories of the Independence Day celebrations in Ghana.

Quelle: Oliver Behrens

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