When I started reading this report, I thought, “Wait a minute — the whining from these refugees isn’t what I’d expect from Ukrainians!” And then, sure enough, after reading further it turns out that the “Ukrainians” who are complaining are Muslims. Surprise!
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Soester Anzeiger, a local newspaper in North Rhine-Westphalia:
Ukrainian refugees criticize the city’s catering plans
The war refugees from the Ukraine are unsettled because the city of Werl wants to set up a catering service for the residents in the Overberg School area. A caterer is to prepare the meals for the refugees. A large tent was erected in the school yard for this purpose.
Werl — The Stolzenhof catering service from Lünen is to take care of the catering for the residents of the Overberg School. The city administration had already had good experiences with the caterer when the Stadthallen restaurant was closed and Stolzenhof took over the catering until it was re-let.
“Stolzenhof is a very large and recognized caterer that offers good food,” reports Alexandra Kleine from the city administration. From the point of view of the city of Werl, the size of Stolzenhof guarantees that the services can be provided to the full extent.
The refugees are resentful of the city administration’s catering service. In addition to worrying that the food might be inedible, those of Muslim faith are also concerned that the food will not be prepared properly.
Ukrainian war refugees also report that the food in the central accommodation facility (ZUE) was not edible and they now fear the same. For the “full board” the money is deducted from the refugees’ social security. At that point the stove in the communal kitchen of the Overberg School may no longer be used.
Start date postponed again
The dates for the start of the catering service have now been postponed twice. Originally Stolzenhof was supposed to start on April 15th. But this date was moved to May 2nd. This start has also been postponed once again. As Mayor Torben Höbrink reports, the number of war refugees is decreasing and there are not yet enough people for the catering service.
“We’ll wait and see how the situation develops and then decide when to start”, says Höbrink. At the moment, some Ukrainian families are even returning to their homeland, and fewer war refugees are coming. “We don’t yet know what will happen after the Russian offensive”, says the mayor. In order to be prepared for everything, the sports hall of the former Overberg School is being prepared for more refugees from Ukraine. The municipalities expect that more war refugees may soon arrive again.
According to Alexandra Kleine, the caterer has been informed that there are also people of the Muslim faith among the refugees. He is familiar with the special nature of food preparation. “Current plans envisage that there will be one meat dish (beef, chicken, lamb, pork) and one vegetarian dish every day. If a large number of the refugees are of Muslim faith, flexible adjustments can be made. According to the current status, all meals are offered in buffet form, so that every refugee can put together the dishes themselves and choose what they prefer,” says Alexandra Kleine.
Afterword from the translator:
Muslim war refugees from Ukraine? Surely these can only be the “students” from the Maghreb and from sub-Saharan Africa (mainly Nigeria) who have had the status of scholarship holders at the universities in Ukraine, and quite a few of the people can speak neither English, Ukrainian nor Russian? Or the numerous Belarus tourists (Afghan, Iraqis, etc.) who didn’t manage to cross the Polish border last year and are now mingling with the Ukrainian war refugees? Or other upstarts from the Middle East and Africa who took advantage of the moment of favour — with the two-passport entry trick?
Inedible food? Shouldn’t war refugees be happy to have free meals? The people in the war zones in Ukraine, especially in Mariupol and Donbas, would certainly be more than happy with this catering service.