Wanted terrorist was living among St. Lucians in London

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Wanted terrorist was living among St. Lucians in London
A photo said to be of Jihada John.
A photo said to be of Jihada John.

Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, who is accused of beheading Westerners in Syria for the Islamic State, is from an area populated with St. Lucians in London.

The 27-year-old, who was born in Kuwait, moved with his family to London in 1994 and settled on the Mozart Estate in West London, an area which has the largest population of St. Lucians in the British capital, according to a census.

Thomas Pierre, a St. Lucian who has lived in the area since migrating from St. Lucia in 1959, said he is shocked to learn that the area that has been home to him for 56 years, is now a hotbed for extremism and fanatics.

The 79-year-old pensioner, who has just returned from St. Lucia, said he is also surprised to learn that Emwazi and his family lived only a few blocks  away from him.

“I am only a  stone’s throw from Lancefield road, where this young man lives, and where the media and police have set up camp. I see these Arab kids going up and down all the time and never thought anything of it,” said Pierre who hails from Anse La Raye. “Now to learn that the world’s most wanted terrorist is right under my nose, here in Queens Park is unbelievable. You could not make this up.”

Another St. Lucian, who was born in the area, said she was not at surprised at what is unfolding on her doorstep. Charwene James, 41, said the area has been neglected, and the youths have nothing to occupy their time.

“If you have nothing to do and someone offers you a way out you will take it,” said James, whose parents are from Canaries, in St. Lucia. “These young  men are being radicalised in the name of religion and there is little their parents and the authorities can do about it.”

Emwazi was unmasked as the man behind the black face mask, with the knife, accused of killing Western hostages. Since his identity has been revealed, the metropolitan police have had to move his family from the area for their own protection.

“The St. Lucian community is very big around here and most of us are waking up to the fact that the world’s most wanted terrorist is living among us,” said Pierre, who is not planning to move to anywhere else. “Although this area has a reputation, this is all I have known ever since I came to this country, and I am not shifting.”

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  1. The story is about a wanted terrorist living among the St Lucian community in London.Why don't you people comment about this instead of going on about whether one of the persons in the story is British or not? Who cares what she is? It's shocking to learn about this piece of news.Imagine living next door to this vile man. People in that area waking up to this reality may well recoil in fear and trepidation. I cannot even begin to imagine the sentiments on that sink estate in West London right now.

    Mozart estate where all of this is unfolding has a fearsome reputation. It is a gang infested area with the various gangs fighting for tuff and territory. There is precious little to do and so the only way out for most of the young lads is to join a gang and engage in illicit activities. They sell drugs, carry weapons, boast about their involvement in gang warfare - the list goes on and on. I am not at all surprised to hear that Jihadi John was from this rundown part of London. Now that all this has come out let's hope the authorities take note and put things in place to stop other Jihadi Johns' from popping up. Mozart needs a cleanout. It needs regeneration.The young people need jobs and a sense of belonging.

    The two people who spoke out in the story were brave to do so. They were right in doing so as well I might add. It's about time people speak out about what is happening in their neighbourhoods instead of covering things up. It's called taking pride in your community. Don't sweep it under the carpet. It needs sweeping out all together.The politicians of Westminster need to engage the young people in London in meaningful projects which will keep them off the streets. The police need to stop hassling them with all this stop and search every minute. Everyone need to play their part to stop Mozart from becoming a no-go area in the future and a possible Jihadist paradise.

    The imans should stop preaching hatred of non-muslims or kauffars. Religion should be about peace and love. it's about respecting your fellow man irrespective of his religious beliefs. The rise in radical teachings has fuelled a burning desire in a lot of muslims to support bent and twisted groups like ISIS.Like the late Rodney King once said'can't we all get along?' Indeed wise words from a man who knew what it was like to live on the edge of society.Getting along and coming together for the benefit of one's community is the way forward.

    King whose unfortunate beating by the police sparked the Los Angeles riots of 1992 left the world with those sapient words which needs to be acted upon if people are to take their community back from drug gangs and radical elements. You need to come together and to 'get along'...and It will indeed get better.

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  2. So they need to find him and execute him on the spot. Bet you you wont get any IMPACS replrt on that. Hypocrites.

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  3. Jihadi john living among st. Lucian's ...guess it always good to know the kids living next door.

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  4. Please read the British Nationality act of 1981... Quote a lot of people who were born in the UK are not allowed to be British. Margaret Thatcher brought about this immigration act and law. She said that the British people were being swamped and therefore had to stop people from becoming British even if they were born in the UK.

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  5. Why are we fussing about Jihadi John? Simply because he lived in the same area as a few st.lucians.Common Men!!!!!!

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    • I was wondering the same thing. I bet Tinidadians, Bajans, Vincentians etc lived close to Jihadi John too, so what?

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      • This is a St Lucian blog in case you had not noticed.The stories that are being reported on has a Lucian angle mainly.I think this is a hot story and we need more like this to keep the Lucian public informed.Like you said Bajans, Vincentians and Trinidadians may well live in the area but they are NOT St Lucians and if anything one of their blogs should do a similar story. SNO beat them to it on this occassion. Well done St Lucia News Online.

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  6. The man is British of Iraqi Parents.All us Lucians good @ is commenting shit on SNO but when it comes to knowledge we are as blank as a black board with nothing written on it.

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    • Read carefully. The story said he is of Kuwaiti origins and not Iraqi like you are alluding there.

      The 27-year-old, who was born in Kuwait, moved with his family to London in 1994 and settled on the Mozart Estate in West London, an area which has the largest population of St. Lucians in the British capital, according to a census.

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  7. And so??? There are lots of Saint Lucians living in Hackney and Peckham which are crime riddled areas and also many who live in other non crime areas

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  8. He is British not st.lucian.What they said the area where he lives is where most of us lucian lives in the UK. And this shit would scare everyone.

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    • What difference will it make? Most blacks born in the UK of Caribbean parents will always be Caribbean sir. The person in the story may have felt comfortable with being referred to as British born Lucian.Most people born in the UK and Europe whose parents are not from the UK usually take up the nationality of their parents and rightly so. They also conveniently use British nationality to get by day to day.

      The person in the article is a she and not a he. If she is being referred to as British born St Lucian then that is all well and good. You seem to think that just because she was born in the UK then she is British. It's the bloodlines and ethnicity that counts not the nationality. You people are still wired up to the colonial past. By that I mean placing a lot of emphasis and importance on a false sense of belonging in the West. You should pick up a book on history and you might just see things differently. There is no such thing as a Black Englishman or Briton. The article was spot on.

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      • If you have ever been to the UK you would know that the society is very homophobic and racist. If it was a white brit who gave the that interview citizenship and ethnicity would not be mentioned.
        So please don't pretend as everyone is so dumb.

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        • That is because the white folks are indigenous to the British shores. Blacks and other ethnic people are not and so their ethnicity have to be given a mentioned in the story.There is racism in the UK like you said but it's about the contents of the story and who was speaking to the correspondent. If you read any newspapers you will noticed that there is always some description of some sort alluding to the characters in the narrative. I see nothing wrong in revealing where they hail from or their ethnicity. If their names, ethnic origins, ages and other identity was withheld then the readers would think the whole story was made up. There would be doubts. SNO is onpoint and did what every other publication or worthwhile blog would do. Good on you St Lucia News Online. Fantastic story!

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