In keeping with the religion theme, here's a sad example of what can happen when two fundamentalist world views and two cultural worlds collide:
Still missing is a German family with three children aged 5, 4 and 11 months, as well as a British citizen. What happened? The Spiegel gives a round-up of the events:
Germans on the street are horrified about and saddened by the murders but there is always a caveat: How can you go to such a place, how can you bring your children along, how can you not heed any warnings? That does not mean these brutal acts are excused or excusable but Germans are not passionate folks and like to see themselves as rational beings. Going off to proselytize in a Muslim country in a basically lawless region is asking for trouble. Most Germans are especially mystified how someone could possibly bring their children to such a place.
I admire people who go places and do humanitarian work. I especially admire people who work in the health sector, and most of all those who work to make the world a safer place for mothers and children. But you can do all of this without alienating the same people you are trying to help by talking about religion. It's a sensitive topic and it seems that Johannes H. was not sensitive enough to spot trouble brewing.
I'm sincerely hoping all will end well for them. I especially hope this for the children. But you know, in general, common sense is a good thing to have.