Tampere offers shelter and food to Iraqi family after Red Cross intervenes

by , under Enrique Tessieri and Wael Che

Migrant Tales wrote on Monday about an Iraqi family with two children aged 6 and 5 that were evicted from the Kemi asylum reception center and given five days room and board by the city. The family left Kemi and went to Tampere, where the city gave them room and board.

The father was desperate on Monday and feared that his family would be thrown in the street penniless after Kemi offered room and board for five days.

“I am very worried,” he was quoted as saying. “I don’t know what to do and what will happen to us.”

Asylum seekers (from left to right): the father, son, daughter, and wife.

The story about the fate of the family attracted a lot of attention and Tweets on Twitter. The Red Cross promised to get in touch with the family, which had left Kemi for Tampere on Wednesday.

We are grateful that our efforts helped to alleviate the family’s problems for now.

A friend of the family said that the family “is ok” but could not say for how long they would get room and board.