Man stabs his ex-girlfriend in front of their infant son in Hamburg

Born: 1988
Assassination attempt: January 29, 2023
Residence: Hamburg
Origin: Perpetrator: Ghana
Children: 1 son (6 years old at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend (43 years old)
Susanna and a man from Ghana have a 6-year-old son and live separately. The child may affect their residency status.

On January 29, 2023, the Ghanaian stabs his ex-girlfriend on the street in Hamburg-Barmbek in front of their infant son. He also attacks the new boyfriend (27 years old), but he remains unharmed. Susanna ends up seriously injured in hospital, undergoes emergency surgery and survives. The perpetrator flees. Apparently there had been previous attacks on the woman. The names of those involved and the woman's origin are unknown.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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