The UK teens sent to Africa to escape knife crime - BBC News

  • Published on May 29, 2019
  • Hundreds of British teenagers are being sent by their parents to East Africa to avoid knife crime in the UK, representatives of the Somali community say.
    The Victoria Derbyshire programme looks at why some are taking this drastic choice?
    Producer: Sean Clare

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  • Rageedii
    Rageedii 7 days ago

    I am a Somali, a muslim living in Nairobi. I have experienced a time when I was a teenager and majority of my somali agemates were in gangs right where I was brought up. They snatched phones and stabbed each other and passers-by. I have never involved myself in such acts. Why? Because I am a MUSLIM and my faith strictly prohibits such acts. For those saying that these teenagers act evil because of Islam, are the good muslims who in fact are a majority Christians? This is nothing but poor upbringing of children. Their parents don't work, they do nothing at all other than waiting for handouts from European governments. What else did you expect from idle minds? Parents have no responsibility of the kids. What do you expect from kids who can't be disciplined? You cane the kids for indiscipline and the government thinks you can't be the right parent for the kids. You are actually sued for disciplining your own child. It is your policies that have caused all this! In Africa they don't misbehave this much, we do have this kind of cases but they are majorly carried out by teenagers whose parents live abroad. Children and women are the kings and queens in your societies. You stripped of men from their responsibilities, now you got to deal with what you planted.
    Lastly, for the Somali community, it is ashaming that we always choose to nurture our children in unfavourable environments. Majority claim that they need peaceful environment where kids can get better education. Where is that education now? Education is of no use in the absence of discipline! Go back home for the grass gets green whenever and wherever you irrigate it. Go back home and bring up your kids with good morals, that is much better than the university degrees you claim to have access to in foreign lands. Wake up my people for once and think of the future of the young generation.

  • A
    A 14 days ago

    Do you think this is because Somali boys are bullied so much so they use crime as a way of taking control of the situation?

    • New-Era
      New-Era 12 days ago

      Bullied by who?

  • pharm chick
    pharm chick 14 days ago

    Laziness and lack of ambition is also a problem...

  • Rid
    Rid 16 days ago

    I don't see why my taxes still go towards the police. They don't do much of a job these days but you will never see the media criticise the. Fine let the crime get worse and worse

  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 18 days ago +1

    They refuse to mule the drugs then killed as a result mostly. Prisons are money making institutions

  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 18 days ago

    Qabiil affairs and knife crime and drugs ,money, who're mothers careless dad hhhhhhhh

  • Aaiish
    Aaiish 18 days ago

    Who are you going to blame when you as a parent dont know what your child is up to? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™„ I swear to god us Somalis need to step up our game. We have so much potential but if we dont do anything with it we and our country are a lost case ๐Ÿ˜ž Subhanallaah where to even start with this mess .......

  • Skinny Bones Jones
    Skinny Bones Jones 18 days ago

    So vague

  • Max Fox
    Max Fox 19 days ago

    The British "elite" - a bunch of morons, traitors and cowards. Disperse this arrogant rabble and start living with common sense!

  • Mister Euro
    Mister Euro 19 days ago

    Every race feels like it's them who are victimised the most.
    Blacks, Somalis, Pakistani (Muslims). Then you have the White Alpha male living in the UK who feels he is not cared about and is not given as much privileges as these ethnic minorities.
    Hence the birth of the now overused, cheap, sarcastic phrase "Is it cos i is White".

  • Mister Euro
    Mister Euro 19 days ago


  • L M
    L M 21 day ago

    The Somali are the people doing the crime

  • L M
    L M 21 day ago

    All the people commiting knife crime are black ...

  • mo Gabriel
    mo Gabriel 22 days ago

    How come you see a lot of somali but not alot of somali men

  • dadada486
    dadada486 22 days ago

    sorry....not racist and all....but my reaction: THE F*CK?!

  • Sam A
    Sam A 23 days ago +1

    This comment section is disgusting, for 2 reasons,
    1. Either all the comments are blaming the somali community (might stem from self-hatred) and for people who do not live in London I don't know why they are giving there opinion,
    2. There are some really bigoted, racist and misinformed comments, people need to understand that this BBC segment is from 1 view of the rise in crime and the impacts of that, to take this and then go on a tangent about how people should go back to their country and how they are ruining London makes you seem so ignorant.
    The rise in crime is due to a combination of things: the failure of our education system; the shutting down of youth centres in east and south London; the decrease in police force and so many other factors. Our government is cutting costs and it is impacting those who are in the most vulnerable socio-economic situations. So educate yourselves before you put your foot in your mouth.

  • Lilly Brown
    Lilly Brown 23 days ago

    Is must be so difficult to decide that one must send their child away maybe not seeing them again for years and all for the sake of protecting them. Sure Africa isn't always the best place but where is? Everywhere has it's good and bad just that some places can implement discipline better than others. My only issue is are you not teaching your child to run away from their problems?

  • Abdullah Rehman
    Abdullah Rehman 23 days ago

    London seriously needs to look at how Scotland dealt with knife crime

  • Mohammad Issa
    Mohammad Issa 23 days ago +1

    I would invite the somalis to come back home, take part in the process of rebuilding our own country. It's rare to see a certain community successfully advancing to a bigger level while in a foreign country, very rare. Men just come back home we need more educated people.

    • รŠล‚รŸ รˆล‚
      รŠล‚รŸ รˆล‚ 23 days ago

      Mohammad Issa truss me wallah

    • Mohammad Issa
      Mohammad Issa 23 days ago

      I wish they never wasted that golden opportunity, if only they knew how people back here at home are struggling just to get an improved education.

    • รŠล‚รŸ รˆล‚
      รŠล‚รŸ รˆล‚ 23 days ago

      Mohammad Issa many of these Somalis who were sent here to have a better future would likely return with zero education and wasted opportunities


    Would not live in london gift wrapped .

  • Rocky Walkie
    Rocky Walkie 24 days ago

    these people in this mini documentary are all avoiding the big elephant in the room here - positive male role models in the somali households are almost non-existence the boys are exempt from any real responsibilities hence why they aspire to join gangs and deap drugs.... the somalian men who desert their first wife for a young arab second wife in the UAE only to fly over when the son/frist wife dies.... the men who chew Chaat instead of have a chat with their sons about manhood and what it means to become man with responsibilites.... confusing culture with religion (but thats another topic all together) if somalians are a forgotten people its because the men in the community forgot first!

  • feisal mohamed
    feisal mohamed 24 days ago

    yet they come back to kenya to form superpower terrorist groups

    4NONYMOUS I 24 days ago

    Sent them back to weโ€™re they came from? now that makes sense and they started knife crime

  • Liyani Bernier
    Liyani Bernier 24 days ago +1

    Stop welfare these lazy women wonโ€™t want to live in your country the U.K is too generous with giving out too many free money and housing if this all stops they will leave ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

    • Foggy's Friend
      Foggy's Friend 24 days ago

      A sizeable chunk of the UK population is addicted to the benefit cash being heaped on them by our UK Socialist dictatorship. Only a counter revolution or nuclear war holds the prospect of jolting our parliament into a realistic way of thinking

  • Meg Mimi
    Meg Mimi 24 days ago

    They put them on flights to Kenya,when they should go to their country Somalia???They come to terrorize kenyans in return.The Somali community is Kenyas biggest problem RN

  • Shuti
    Shuti 24 days ago

    "sent to Africa" as if Africa is a big jungle or something. Fuck off BBC!

  • Akash Hoque
    Akash Hoque 24 days ago

    Bengalis been doi. This for years lmao

  • lit sci
    lit sci 25 days ago

    Knives don't commit crimes. Criminals do. No such thing as "knife crime."

  • Bhupinder Gill
    Bhupinder Gill 25 days ago

    Good riddance

  • the jaramogi
    the jaramogi 25 days ago

    Actually, I think its good for our kids to spent at least some time in Africa to understand minimalism!

  • frances henry
    frances henry 25 days ago

    It's the devil shockingly killing all these young lives for food horribly!!!!! EXPOSED! Young mainly non white guys are possessed to carry out these sad crimes


    All for the sake of rice and peas

  • LD Dizz
    LD Dizz 25 days ago +1

    Most ppl committing knife crime r from African decent

  • divergence films
    divergence films 26 days ago

    Absent there no-one at home to guide these youngsters?

  • khaniri naftali
    khaniri naftali 26 days ago

    My brothers and sisters aka our neighbors from Somalia/UK, we are well aware some of you have never even been to Somalia and some of you were born in Kenya but falsified their papers in order to claim asylum in UK. You left us here in Kenya and Somalia for better life abroad. When you arrived in UK there were no Knife attacks there but you bundled together with some lost and culture less west Africans to create problems for your host UK. Currently instead of coming up with solutions to problems of your own making, you are contemplating exporting the problems to where to ran away from. Be advised there are no HUMAN RIGHTS where you think your children will be safe. If they behave well and good fro them, if not the remember for such idiotic knife crimes they are usually handled at the street level ie MOB JUSTICE. They will be set ablaze in Kenya.
    Unfortunately nowadays there is nothing good coming from some of the Somali men abroad except having sex with minors and impregnating their own women then running off abroad living them in disgrace. If you think am harsh on you try me and i will give you free links for the alleged crimes better still ask BBC they have done a piece on the Sex pests.
    At one time Somali people abroad used to be people of substance i dont know what some of you smoked over there. In the early years almost 99% of the community had goals and ambitions but nowadays the goals and ambitions are no longer there.

  • dom dustin
    dom dustin 26 days ago

    Somalia is the toilet of the world

  • Arona dia
    Arona dia 26 days ago

    I think the right thing for us to back to Africa all of us

  • East african 123
    East african 123 26 days ago

    Gonna say one thing. Blame the parents!!!!!! I canโ€™t stress this enough! All the mothers do is drink tea and talk shit about what another women was wearing and all the fathers do is come home from work and sleep. They donโ€™t even talk to their kids for god sake!

  • Panther Black
    Panther Black 26 days ago

    Sent to Africa๐Ÿ˜‚ where in Africa dumb asses. It's like a south African saying a man was sent to Europe, Asia, south America.. today to escape havey rain falls ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ be specific where they were sent in Africa in the title. Maybe say sent to Somalia Kenya next time โœŒโœŒ #itsacontinent

  • My 2 Cents
    My 2 Cents 26 days ago

    Safer bk in Africa than In UK...this is so much bullshit it makes me if that's the the case why so many Africa refugee are risking their lives to get to UK...these are gang member that should be lock up

  • Odile Mwaro
    Odile Mwaro 26 days ago

    This is ironic considering how most people assume that Africa is a cesspool of violent people

  • Kevin Abwova
    Kevin Abwova 26 days ago

    Am sorry to say this but everywhere the somali move, they cause trouble ..... i used to live in aneighbourhood with somalis and i tell they can cause amess

  • That gal Hanan
    That gal Hanan 26 days ago

    This is because somali parents over control their girls but let their boys go out whenever and do whatever that's why maybe there are so many young mali guys doing fraud and are in gangs

  • That gal Hanan
    That gal Hanan 26 days ago

    Dhaqan celis loll ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • T J
    T J 26 days ago

    When you blame everyone and everything else you go backwards. I grew up england in poverty on a very bad housing estate. I did not get involved in crime as my mother (single parent) raised me with manners and to show respect and be a good person. Learn some manners, the UK helped you escape a war zone. Show some respect to your hosts in the UK and br good citizens. Parents sort your kids out. Dont blame London. Look in the mirror!

  • G Trot
    G Trot 26 days ago

    West Africans have been doing this for centuries lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Foggy's Friend
    Foggy's Friend 26 days ago +1

    I recommend them all finding a safe future in Africa.

  • Ilyas
    Ilyas 26 days ago

    I got sent back for a specific loop of yrs still Hh

  • Tee X
    Tee X 26 days ago

    Ignorance and arrogant British state sponsored broadcaster giving the impression Africa is one country.Donโ€™t forget the evil British empire is dead

  • D Bigga B: Utd All the Way

    Divide and conquer video

  • Neama Abdo
    Neama Abdo 27 days ago

    I think as somali the main reason for violent on somali community in the west is the lack of father figure,that way they learn how to be men from bad and aggressive men on the street .

  • Wezzie0
    Wezzie0 27 days ago

    There are Somali gangs everywhere they settle, killing themselves and causing other casualties. The interesting thing is that majority we're resettled in the west as refugees fleing war now you bring war to themselves . They need to look inward to figure out what is wrong.

  • Bill Moore
    Bill Moore 27 days ago

    Let's get real people, the persons that are stabbed are drug runners, not innocent by standers!

  • Lucciano 614
    Lucciano 614 27 days ago

    Education, Education,Education, . Stem programs, IT Programs, . Somali moms and dads need to stop spoon feeding their kids they wonโ€™t be around for ever ! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • Lucciano 614
    Lucciano 614 27 days ago

    Honestly from my personal experience you surround yourself with negative energy then expect unpleasant outcomes . Somali people lead your kids into the right path by showing him at early age the real outcomes of each path in life !

  • Tunde
    Tunde 28 days ago

    my 'nephew' born in the uk used to have such a temper, he would cuss his mother out and embarrass everyone. one day she shipped him to Nigeria to school. After a year, the boy has become so well behaved its a huge contrast. Thing is over in Nigeria, kids are punished, and goodness, the devil that will make you pick up a knife to stab someone would be the one to caution you before trying that nonsense. i think British kids are really spoiled and there is no real punishment for misbehaviour. Plus stop accepting refugees.

  • Unitedqueendom1 Aden
    Unitedqueendom1 Aden 28 days ago

    This reports on Somalis doing this... BUT all African diaspora have been doing this for decades, from Algerians to Nigerians. โœŒ๏ธ Facts!

  • LionofJudah
    LionofJudah 28 days ago +1

    The streets are filled with demons

  • frank jones
    frank jones 28 days ago

    Somalis should wipe out of the earth

  • Beyond BeyondAmnesia
    Beyond BeyondAmnesia 28 days ago +1

    Somali people need JESUS. I pray that our loving saviour Jesus Christ infuses his love to all Somalis & breaks all bondage. IJN Amen ๐Ÿ™

  • J David
    J David 28 days ago

    One woman said is the problem of British people. However, I think this is their (British) land foreigners brought this problem upon their land.
    However, why white British kids are not many into this killings? Is it the level of their education, discipline, religion? Etc.? Questions to ponder upon...
    May God enter the mind of our children to change for good and see themselves as tomorrow good leaders.

  • Sudikchhya Rai
    Sudikchhya Rai 28 days ago

    Does knife crime affect teenage boys only? Or girls too?

  • Emmanuella M
    Emmanuella M 28 days ago

    Am in the same situation right now, whether they like it or not my boy is going back to Africa, they will not allow parents to guide their children, everything is law,law say this law say that and at the end of the day law doesn't bring any good child.

  • Mercy Wangui
    Mercy Wangui 28 days ago +3

    Why are they been sent to stab Africans???๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • kb floxks
    kb floxks 28 days ago

    Think about it if people keep sending their children to Somali knife crime is just going to travel to Africa too

  • Samuel kings
    Samuel kings 29 days ago

    Truth of the matter is, Islam is a violent religion

    FRANKIE JO 29 days ago


  • adewole adekunle
    adewole adekunle 29 days ago +1

    there are a lot more countries in africa than just somalia and there are kids been sent to other countries in africa

  • amateurkoi keeper
    amateurkoi keeper 29 days ago

    MALUAL DENG DENG 29 days ago +3

    Our parents don't know who really are... I mean what we really get upto during night times... :)