by Liam Deacon
A young woman and ‘No Borders’ activist working in a migrant
camp on the France-Italy border remained silent about her gang rape by
Sudanese migrants for over a month because “the others asked me to keep
Colleagues allegedly said that reporting the crime would set back their struggle for a borderless world.
The ‘No Borders’ activist had dedicated a month of her life to
helping migrants. Her group was stationed between Italy and France in
Ponte San Ludovico in Ventimiglia when the atrocity occurred, according
to reports from local papers La Stampa and Il Secolo XIX, and now reported in the major Italian national Corriere.
One Saturday night, as loud music played at a nearby party, the woman
was trapped in a shower block set up near the camp in a pine forest
know as Red Leap. A gang of African migrants raped her there. Her cries
for help went unheard because of the music, according to Italian papers.
La Stampa reports that the woman would have reported the
horrific crime were if not for her fellow hard-left activists, who
convinced her that if the truth got out it could damage their utopian
dream of a world without borders.
Some doubts have been thrown on the case because of the emergence of conflicting accounts. Corriere
reports that some of her fellow activists have accused the woman of
reporting the rape out of “spite,” because her group was withdrawn from
the camp following a separate controversy.
The town of Ventimiglia, where the alleged crime occurred, has been a flashpoint in the ongoing migrant crisis. On the 30th of September around 50 migrants and 20 activists were cleared from an illegal camp there. The activists organised a protest, whereby 250 migrants conducted a “sit in” on the shoreline.
Yesterday, Osman Suliman, 20, a Sudanese asylum seeker who had been
in the UK for just five months, appeared in court. He was charged with
the rape of a Nottingham woman last weekend, the 26th of September, The Nottingham Post reports.