Iraqi asylum seeker hunger strike: Namir al-Azzawi taken to hospital for second time

by , under Beri Jamal and Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales understands that Namir al-Azzawi, an Iraqi asylum seeker who began a hunger strike a week ago, has fainted and was sent to the hospital on Sunday. Al-Azzawi was taken to intensive care on Wednesday for the same reason. 

UPDATE: Al-Azzawi was released after a few hours from the hospital. He is continuing his hunger strike.

Al-Azzawi was in good spirits on Saturday and said he would continue with the hunger strike for as long as needed.

“I’m feeling fine,” he said. “The [third day was the] most difficult day for me.”

Al-Azzawi wrote on Sunday:

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.

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Namir al-Azzawi being attended by ambulance staff Sunday.

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Al-Azzawi taken to hospital today.


Al-Azzawi posing Saturday with tourists from Taiwan.