If you’ve ever heard the expression, “a canary in a coal mine” then you know that it serves as an advance warning for danger. Before the onset of sophisticated mining equipment, miners used to take a caged canary into the shafts with them. If dangerous levels of carbon monoxide were to build up, the effects would first be noticed on the smaller bird. Should you see the bird lying on its back it is time to make haste and head for the exits. The BBC news network reported a story this week that should offer the same chilling warning to residents of Germany and Europe at large. A refugee and former Yazidi ISIS sex slave had escaped to Germany under hopes of building a new life. Sold when she was only 14, the now adult survivor had the feeling that she would never have to relive the horror again. Until she met her captor again on the streets of Germany. He called her by name, threatened her again and in doing so should serve to warn Germany that they have a serious problem on its hands. The statistical odds of a Yazidi survivor meeting her captor on the streets of Germany given the wave of refugees are too improbable to happen easily. That is, unless the number of ISIS fighters to have flooded Europe are astronomically high. This improbable meeting on the streets is a canary on its back. Germany, it would seem, is a mine shaft in imminent danger.
What are the odds?
It is estimated that well over 600,000 refugees from the Syrian Civil War have flooded Germany. The number overwhelming Europe as a continent are much larger. What are the odds that a former Yazidi slave would run into a former ISIS fighter out of that massive number? What are the odds that she would run into her exact captor who knew her by name? Was he the only ISIS fighter to have made it through? The odds tell us most certainly not.
To be clear, random run in’s do occur. Perhaps you are on a plane and you see someone from your old high school. Perhaps while on a date with your wife you run into an old flame at the bar. This stuff happens. However, they happen because while we might be a large country our networks often don’t reach as far as we would think.
For it to happen in a foreign nation would require either astronomical odds or a higher density than known of past contacts. This poor girl not only had the misfortune of running into an ISIS fighter in Germany, but the very one who sold her into a life of child sex abuse. What density of evil men exists in Germany to have made this possible?
They Roam the Streets
This is not to cause panic or fear at refugees as a whole. I believe in being compassionate to the stranger and wanderer. Moreover, this girl was the prime example of the type of refugee who needs such compassion. Many immigrants settle in and offer value to their new communities. Yet, a dead canary in a cage doesn’t lie. Germany has a problem, not because they have too many immigrants. What this dead canary tells us is that Germany has done a statistically terrible job at vetting them.
So frightened was this Yazidi girl in her new surroundings, she returned to Iraq to live in a Yazidi camp with her family. She knew a dead canary when she saw it and she fled back to Iraq. She is now seeking refugee status in Australia where she hopes a better job will have been done.
Germany has a problem. Men who have committed mass atrocities are walking the streets in numbers sufficient for a statistically improbable event like this to occur. While I hope they have all found Jesus since, my gut tells me that is not so. I do hope and pray that all nations continue to welcome immigrants and serve them well. However, I pray our own nation and others do a better job than Germany at deciding who, when and how many. Thousands of miles from where she was sold, she saw evil again on the streets of Germany. A dead canary by any other name is still dead.