Iraqi asylum seeker hunger strike: Before and after

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Namir al-Azzawi was on hunger strike for nine days. On those two days he fainted and was sent to the hospital on Wednesday and Sunday. Migrant Tales spoke to him on Friday.

One of the matters that surprised me was how rapidly the banner and pictures disappeared from the site where he staged the protest.

Al-Azzawi doesn’t know who took them down but said it happened on the same day he ended the hunger strike.


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The picture on the left was taken on June 11 and the one of the right four days after al-Azzawi’s hunger strike ended. The site is located right across the little parliament.

Al-Azzawi wrote on Sunday, June 5:

Dear People of Finland,

I started my hunger strike on Sunday in protest of the unfair decision by the Immigration Authorities (Migri), which claim that countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia are safe to return asylum seekers. Many of us Iraqis were disappointed by the decision taking into account that we fled that country because it wasn’t and still isn’t safe. I will not stop my hunger strike until the Immigration Authorities change their decision.