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June 2016

  • Molenbeek makes good on its bad reputation by providing emergency-service solutions in a novel way for the neighbourhood

    Molenbeek makes good on its bad reputation by providing emergency-service solutions in a novel way for the neighbourhood

    By TERI SCHULTZBRUSSELS – A radical Islamist cell born in the Brussels district of Molenbeek is blamed for both the suicide bombings in Brussels in March 2016 and the November 2015 attacks in Paris. The events have focused intense scrutiny on this neighbourhood and its mostly Muslim residents, but one local entrepreneur is trying to tackle both the problems of the community and those which some of its residents have caused.Ibrahim Oussari’s early-life curriculum vitae would look much like some of the perpetrators of the attacks: raised in Molenbeek, he dropped out of school at age 13, already disillusioned. Ouassari could easily have become another vulnerable Belgian youngster recruited into radical Islam.Instead, almost 25 years later, Oussari looks around his airy workspace in downtown Molenbeek and has visions of... Read More »
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