Mohammad Hussain Rashwani is a Syrian “refugee” who came to Germany for a better life. He is a skilled hairstylist, and found employment working for a woman who owns a hair salon in Herzberg. He did so well that he was touted as a model of successful “integration” in Modern Multicultural Germany.
Yesterday there was a little integration glitch: Mohammad was unable to resist emulating his namesake, and slit his employer’s throat.
I hardly need to point out that this incident has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.
Syrian Hairstylist finds employment in Herzberg
Salon owner Ilona Fugmann is amazed by his skills
Herzberg — In early September, Ilona Fugmann will give the Syrian Mohammad Hussain Rashwani a permanent position in her hair salon in Herzberg. The 38-year-old’s skills immediately convinced her. Mohammad Hussain Rashwani is an example of how well integration can work out.
It was late June when Mohammad Hussain Rashwani introduced himself to Kevin Freiwald, the job adviser in charge for refugees at the Elbe-Elster job center in Herzberg. He said he was a hairdresser and was looking for work. Bärbel Meyer of the employers’ service of the job center knew of salons that were looking for good staff. “The demand in Elbe-Elster is very high. There are always three, four hair salons looking for staff,” she said. The job management staff member’s words fell on sympathetic ears with Ilona Fugmann, who had opened a salon in Herzberg in mid July. She wanted to give Mohammad Hussain Rashwani an apprenticeship first. But the ultimate goal was regular employment. “It is very difficult these days to find real good staff in the hairdressing craft. Why shouldn’t I give him a chance?” says Ilona Fugmann.
She immediately realized that Mohammad Hussain had an excellent command of his craft. He also gets along well with the two female colleagues in the salon on the Mönchstraße. “The chemistry is right. Admittedly, Mohammad is a proud person, but very attentive and prudent. He even helps with the clean-up,” says Ilona Fugmann.
Salon in Damascus was destroyed
Even though the Syrian only began the apprenticeship a few weeks ago, he already has regular customers, his colleagues say. The customers are just as convinced by his skills as his boss. This is no surprise. Mohammad Hussain Rashwani reports that he, a master hairdresser, and his family operated two salons in Damascus for more than fifteen years. The women operated the salon for ladies, and he operated the one for men. He does not have a problem with the fact that in Germany ladies and gentlemen are served in one salon. But he needs to brush up his skills on ladies’ hairstyles. Nevertheless, that won’t be difficult for him; Ilona Fugmann is certain. She will give Mohammad Hussain Rashwani regular employment. He is very happy about that. He came to Germany because his salon in Damascus was destroyed. He wants to start a new livelihood in Herzberg. Now that he has employment, his family can come, too. The 38-year-old has a wife and two children. He misses them very much.
The only thing that is still difficult for him is the German language. He tries very hard and is taking a language course at the community college. But in the meantime, he uses a translation app on his mobile phone to communicate with colleagues.
Language skills a problem
It is not everyday that a refugee like Mohammad Hussain Rashwani finds a job in Elbe-Elster. “In his case, it is a lucky constellation, and everyone involved is helping”, says the job center boss Eike Belle. “In the metal industry, with its many safety regulations, integration is much more difficult,” the manager says.
There are 411 refugees currently registered as unemployed in the job center for Elbe-Elster county. Only five to ten percent have got a sufficiently advanced command of German that they can find work, says Eike Belle. That is why they try to combine German language courses with career training, and offer several welcome courses. In addition, the refugees can use all the offers that German job seekers use.
[Photo caption: Kevin Freiwald of the job service allows himself to be convinced by the skills of Mohammad Hussain Rashwani, under the eyes of Eike Belle, Bärbel Meyer and Ilona Fugmann (right to left). Photo: Rudow]
The second article is about yesterday’s unfortunate incident:
Herzberg: Syrian hairstylist slits boss’s throat
Suspect arrested. Committing magistrate will decide today
June 29, 2017
HERZBERG A bloody deed horrified Herzberg (Elbe-Elster) on Wednesday. A salon owner was attacked by her Syrian employee, and gravely injured.
He was regarded the paramount example of successful integration. The Syrian Mohammad H. (39), a master hairstylist who had fled his homeland, started a new life and found work in Herzberg. He was appreciated and popular in the salon of Ilona F. (64). This makes what happened yesterday, Wednesday, even stranger.
As the Prosecution Cottbus confirms, around 6:30 PM Mohammad H. assaulted his boss with a knife, and injured her neck. Another Syrian (22) interfered and “in doing so, prevented worse,” Chief Prosecutor Gernot Bantleon reports. It is yet unclear to the prosecution what sparked the attack. Investigations are ongoing.
The injured woman was taken to hospital. She had to undergo surgery and is in in-patient treatment. Her condition is not critical. Mohammad H. was arrested and will be presented to the committing magistrate today. “We asked for an arrest warrant to be issued for attempted murder,” says Bantleon.
Attempted murder! Why, surely Mr. Rashwani will be sentenced to at least eighteen months in jail if convicted! Even with time off for good behavior, he won’t walk the streets of Germany again until at least the middle of next year…