Three Afghani asylum seekers been on hunger strike since September 10 after their applications for asylum were rejected by the authorities, writes YLE in English. The three asylum seekers have appealed the Finnish Immigration Service decision to the administrative court.
One of the asylum seekers, Abdullahi Gulamesdiq, said that he fears for his life in Afghanistan because he was active in politics in the war-torn country.
”If I have to go back, my life is in danger,” he was quoted as saying on YLE in English. ”We undertook a hunger strike because the decision by the Finnish Immigration Service is inhumane.”
Another Afghani asylum seeker on hunger strike said that Afghanistan isn’t a safe place to live.
“How could we live safely in Afghanistan if even the president of the country and his relatives are in constant danger?” said Golkhan.
The Free Movement Network (Vapaa liikkuvuus -verkosto) and the Federation of Iraqi Refugees organized on Friday a demonstration in support of the asylum seekers who are camped in front of parliament. Some 100 people took part in the march.
Europe and the West have to take a long and hard look at themselves. First we attack and wreak havoc in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, then we oblige these people to stay put and live in these war-ravaged countries.
Thank you Sini Savolainen @xRebelGrrrlx for bringing this story to Migrant Tales’ attention.