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Christian girl of 5 ‘put with strict Muslim foster carers’

A CHRISTIAN child was forced to live in a foster home where she was allegedly told to learn Arabic and stopped from eating bacon.

The English-speaking girl was looked after by two ultra-traditional Muslim households where she was made to remove her cross necklace, The Times reported.

It said her carers wore niqabs and burqas — indicating adherence to an ultra-conservative Salafi interpretation of Islam. The placements were made in the last six months by Tower Hamlets council in east London against the wishes of her parents, according to confidential documents seen by the newspaper.

In the reports, a social services supervisor describes how the child begged not to be returned to one foster home because ‘they don’t speak English’.

The girl was said to be ‘very distressed’ that the foster carer had allegedly removed her cross necklace. It is also claimed that, when the child was given her favourite Italian food to take home — carbonara — her carer wouldn’t let her eat it because it contained bacon.

More recently, the girl apparently told her mother that ‘Christmas and Easter are stupid’ and that ‘European women are stupid and alcoholic’.

Her first carer is said to have worn a niqab outside of the home. Her current carer wears a burqa when she accompanies the child in public.

The girl’s mother is said to have been horrified by the alien cultural and religious environment in which her daughter has spent the last six months.

A friend said the girl was ‘trapped in a world where everything feels foreign and unfamiliar’.

When contacted by The Times, Tower Hamlets refused to explain why it had chosen to place the child with Muslim non-English-speaking foster families.

Non-white children are frequently placed in the care of white British foster parents but the reverse is less common.