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Extra! After Copenhagen Attacks, 'We Are Danish' Says French Daily

Extra! After Copenhagen Attacks, 'We Are Danish' Says French Daily

"We Are Danish" — Libération, Feb. 16, 2015

One month after the shootings in Paris that killed 17 people, a similar terror attack left two dead and five wounded in the Danish capital Copenhagen over the weekend. In the same way the world honored the victims and the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with the "Je suis Charlie" slogan, the French daily Libération titled its front page Monday "Vi er Danskere" ("We are Danish," in the Scandinavian language).

On Saturday, shots fired at a Copenhagen cultural center, where a conference on blasphemy and freedom of expression was taking place, killed one person and injured three police officers. Later, in the night between Saturday to Sunday, police say the same gunman killed a young Jewish man and wounded two police officers in a shooting attack at synagogue in the Danish capital.

Danish authorities said the alleged perpetrator of the attacks, Omar El-Hussein, a 22-year-old man born in Denmark, was shot dead Sunday by police forces. He has a past recorded of criminal offenses and gang-related activity.

"The Scandinavian kingdom, which has been under threat since the Muhammad cartoons controversy in 2005, is faced with the failed integration of a youth tempted by radical Islam," Libération writes.

According to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Omar El-Hussein was released from prison just two weeks ago, after serving a sentence for assaulting a young man in Copenhagen for unclear reasons.

Danish intelligence services are currently working on whether the attacker was inspired by the Paris attacks. Early on Monday, police also arrested two men who may have helped the attacker prepare the shootings.

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Fighting The Russian Army's Systematic Campaign Of Sexual Violence In Ukraine

Hundreds of sexual crimes have been officially reported in Ukraine following the full-scale invasion by the Russian army, though the actual number is likely 10 times higher. Ukrainian news website Livy Bereg explores how the nation is documenting the crimes and responding to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Photo of a psychologist speaking with trauma victims sat on a bench in a park

Natalia Potseluieva (right), a trauma-focused psychologist, working with rape victims

Anna Steshenko

KYIV — Let's start with the official numbers. Since the full-scale Russian invasion began in February 2022, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has recorded 231 instances of conflict-related sexual violence. The aggressors target all demographic groups: men, women, children, and the elderly.

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Behind the official statistics are disturbing details, with 149 cases involving women and 82 cases involving men. Thirteen of the victims were minors, with 12 being girls and one a boy who also bore witness to his mother being raped. The youngest victim is 4 years old, while the oldest survivor is an 82-year-old female pensioner.

And these are only the officially documented cases. The actual number is likely to be 10 times higher.

Survivors often hesitate to speak out due to fear, trauma, and the social stigma attached to such incidents. This is changing, however, as more survivors of sexual abuse are coming forward to share their stories and receive the comprehensive legal, humanitarian, psychological, and medical support they need.

Mass sexual assault occurs wherever the Russian occupiers set foot. Most cases of sexual crimes have been documented in the de-occupied territories of the Kherson region. Following that are the Donetsk (55), Kyiv (52), Kharkiv (21), Zaporizhzhia (15), Chernihiv (5), Luhansk (3), and Sumy (2) regions.

“Ukraine needs to liberate its occupied territories to be able to work with all the victims,” says Iryna Didenko, who heads the Department of the Office of the Prosecutor General investigating such crimes.

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