HELP! Suicidal 18 year-old afghan boy will be sent back to Italy from Sweden
Sep 8, 2012
It's about a 18-year-old boy from Afghanistan who came to Sweden through Italy. He himself has said he wants to stay in Sweden, but the Swedish Migration Board and all courts have rejected that. Now he is going to be sent back to Italy.
"The 18 year-old boy has previously been rejected in his asylum application by all courts in Sweden. But now the Swedisn Migration Board wants to have a look at the case again, because of the boy's -Ali's- poor mental health. But the Border Police say no to that and if it continues this way, Ali will be sent back to Italy according to the EU's so called Dublin Regulation.
Italy was the first European country he came to, a country where he was beaten by the police and raped in a refugee camp.
When he got his first deportation order, he sewed up his mouth, and on several occasions he tried to take his own life. He is now having mental health care.
Ali's good man, -Annette Cromwell- who helps him juridically is still trying to stop the deportation and now gets the help of Amnesty International."
Amnesty International has become involved in this for obvious reasons, they believe that the matter is in the hands of the Migration Board and that it is up to the Border Police to execute the decision about sending the boy back to Italy, but that the Migration Board has the possibility to act and to stop the transfer.
Starting a petition would be one way of helping, but when people have signed it I have no idea where to send it to make the people who can make this decision about sending Ali off actually see the petition. That is probably one of the main problems. The other is that I can't do this by myself, therefor your help is needed - very badly, because the time is running out.
There will probably be a lot of debates between different authorities, mostly between Amnesty International, the Swedish Migration Board and the Swedish Border Police. I'm not even sure if they will care about any petitions when they make the decision, but it's worth a shot, isn't it? Even if they don't care it could still be done for the reason to make Ali know he is not alone. But before they make any decisions -if I may say- we can hopefully make a difference.
If you wonder why I'm trying to do something about this and ask you for help it is because as a human being with empathy, and as I and probably most people can understand what this boy have had to go through and might be forced to go through again, I feel like people can't just stand by and watch this happen. As many as possible have to at least try to help to stop this from happening, and for that reason I'm calling out to you.
Everyone should have the right to feel safe. If Ali is sent back to Italy where he most credibly won't know what's going to happen to him, he won't. So my request to you all who read this, if anybody does, please help him stay here in Sweden where he actually is safe and wants to stay.
And in case it wasn't clear enough pleease leave a comment or send me an e-mail about any kinds of suggestions, advices or about whome to contact who can help, because as said, I have no clue whome to contact or how exactly to help!
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And here are three links from where the information about this matter comes from:
Maybe some of the people who read the text below the title of the petition missed THIS part:
Now, it really hurts to say this, but now Ali is in Rhome - Italy. He was secretly being deported without that his contact person -Sofia Hansson- got to know about it. The first flight he was supposed to "travel" by never lifted thanks to many protesters who begged the staff on the airplane not to lift with Ali onboard, which was what happened. Ali also protested with both tears and words. But, as said, then he was instead some day later secretly being carried out to Italy.
He still has contact with his contact person and friend Sofia Hansson, as he is allowed to make calls. But he may not have access to any interpreter and does not understand what is happening. And now there is a risk for him being detained in Italy for eighteen months, when he will not be allowed to have any kind of contact with the outside world. Sofia Hansson says they have people in Italy who are going to try to helpAli.
A petition is not really to much help compared to what other people, the Swedish Migration Board, Amnesty International, Ali's special representative -Annette Cromnell- and Sofia Hansson have done, but maybe, only maybe, it can make a difference if as many as possible sign it and contribute with something. I know the chance is small, but it is worth to try.
Monday September 10, 2012, 9:00 pm
Hello! I cannot find the petition! If any of my friends shared the address link, please send to me. I am getting to a general page and after looking for some time I haven't found it. - Johanna: Could be good to know more info about that young man so that we could send letters but knowing what we are talking about, that the information we are giving is the correct. It is not the same thing if he is 15 or 20! If he is a minor, should be easier to help him. Anyway, If his father was killed for political reasons, (we don't know if that could be considered a "political reason" for Amnesty International, sweeden etc... ) maybe he could have the possibility - only a possibility - which I don't know for sure, to be considered a political refugee. Was this examined? I will send you an email suggesting where to send messages. It's 12:00am I will send you a message in the afternoon tomorrow (Your time) Good night!
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 10:13 am
@ Myraida Diaz
Hi, sorry if this is unprofessionally and incoherently written, have very much things to do right now. This might sound strange but Ali doesn't know exactly how old he is as he doesn't remember the exact date he was born, though they believe he is 18 years old. The previous sources I looked at said they didn't know how old he was and some said he was 15, which was incorrect. I cannot find any news in English, as this basically is a matter of Sweden, or at least was. But here is the latest news update if it can be to any help (also in Swedish):
The title says "I am not a human being". And that the police who dropped him in Italy seemed to enjoy that the plan he was going to travel in was small, smiled at him and said "where are your friends now", when they were not able to be with him at the airport when he was about to leave, secretly. PLUS that they never got him any interpreter so he didn't understand what was going on and doesn't know what is going to happen. He doesn't have any family, he says, but his two friends are with him i Italy (probably mostly as a moral support but also trying to help).
And if I should be honest I don't know exactly what organization that is able to help here. It feels like I can't do this by myself, don't have enough contacts and so on.. But there is definately a possibility. Thanks for your support!
Tried to kill himself - was dumped by Swedish police at the airport in Rome
Alone in Italy
Rome. After his suicide attempt the Swedish dumped police Ali, 18, at the airport in Rome.
'Aftonbladet' travels to Italy and meets a boy who is alone in this world.
- I'm not a human being, he says.
Tourists flock to the Coliseum, eating ice cream and taking photos.
'Aftonbladet' takes the subway to the suburbs outside of Rome and meets Ali who is waiting on a sidewalk. He smiles and shakes hands.
After the age of 16 he fled alone from his home in Afghanistan, he ended up in Italy, where he was beaten by the border police and shoveled into a detention center, where he did not get any sleep and hardly any food. After a few days, he escaped from there and went to Sweden, where he has lived ever since.
"Has no family"
We sit on a bench and he tells his friends at home.
- I have no family. But I think a lot of my friends in Malm÷. They are my family.
He talks about future plans.
- It was fun to study and I was thinking of becoming a psychologist.
But on the way home from soccer practice three weeks ago he was arrested by the border police who took him to a repository in ┼storp pending deportation. Last week activists from the Swedish Asylum Movement managed to prevent the expulsion of him at Kastrup airport.
"Did not want to live anymore"
But on Wednesday, it was announced not his counsel when he was taken into custody before the execution of the expulsion.
Ali tried to take his life with 30 strong tranquilizers which he amassed over time in psychiatry.
- When they told me that I had to go, I swallowed them. I didn't want to live anymore. But I vomited them up. It didn't succeed. I only got a stomach ache, he says, still smiling.
In jail, he made another suicide attempt with the little he had.
- I pounded my head into the wall. And I tried to cut my wrists with a plastic knife that I got with the food. But it did not. I could not more. The police did not say anything about it. Only that "this is not a circus."
"As if I was a criminal"
During the night of Thursday, he was forced to sleep in just a t-shirt on a mattress on the floor and had nothing to cover themselves with, even though he asked for it because he was cold. On the morning was Ali in handcuffs that were attached to a chain around his waist. "Like this," he shows with his hands.
- It was as if I was a criminal. The police officer smiled and asked, "Where are your friends now?"
He was taken to an airport near Ystad and there stood a small chartered plane and around six police officers. The trip to Sweden he made on foot and by truck. This was the first time Ali was flying and he was scared.
- "Ooohh. Such a small plane. This will be exciting," the police officer said, says Ali.
At the airport of Rome Ali was dumped of the Swedish police officers between two border controls. There he was arrested by the Italian border police, who told him things in Italian - he couldn't understand one word.
- I can't speak neither Italian nor English. I didn't understand anything at all. But they didn't get any interpreter.
After one day 'Malin' and 'Daniel', friends from the Asylum Movement, managed to track down Ali at the airport. They could help him to one of his friends in the town where he can stay for a few nights, after that he was released by the border police after 26 hours without food or sleep.
They sit next to Ali on the bench. Daniel slowly emphasizes Ali's back and Malin lays a hand on Ali's knee.
Only once the muscles that hold up Ali's smile give up, and his mouth trembles. The question is what to do now.
- I don't know.
He has no money, nowhere to live. He is in a country where he does not understand the language and does not know anyone.
What are you thinking right now?
- I can't think. When I try to think of something it's like it's turning inside of my head. I'm not a human being.
Footnote: In order not to complicate their efforts to help refugees in hiding to Malin and Daniel did not give their real names.
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:56 am
Is your last post the translation of a news page? The one where the photo is? - I am looking for some info but could be good for people to know if this is a translation . This and the one that mention the EU reaction (the only one I could translate through "Google translate" option) are the best because this one is an update (sad) and the other show they (EU) did react in a positive way. That could make easier the communication with them and some letters could give them support in case they need to intervene even if in indirect form . Remember that some inmigration laws are different in every country, Sometimes EU can just recommend and helpers without a doubt are working with that already. I just need to re check a detail to send you the info. - - -What is the same for every person is the protection of the Human Rights expressed in the Human Rights Declaration. I will send a letter in the spirit that represents the peace that bring to be protected, the humanity that shows the respect and exercise of the declaration and the goodness that it suppose for every human in the world.
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