What is painful for a mother is that her children were born in a country full of peace, freedom and equality, and that they then one day should return back to a country full of war, conflicts and unstableness. A country called Iraq where tension between religious groups has caused large destructions
11 YEARS WITHOUT PERMIT
Howaida M. Rustem is a young women, who has been living in Denmark for more than 11 years with her husband Fadel Amin, who has been in Denmark for more than 15 years, and their two children, Ozlem Amin and Ibrahim Amin, who are born in Denmark and still do not have any permit. After one decade the Immigration Service has decided to deport them back to Kirkuk city of Iraq.
WE WILL DIE
What are you scared of?
Howaida M. Rustem answers with exhaustion evident in her eyes to the question of New Times.
“I am really scared because there is war in Iraq. Why should we be sent back to a place that is in war? My children are born here in Denmark as Danish children. They do not understand Arabic – they even do not understand my language. They only speak Danish to me at home. But if we are being sent back, we may die on the way, not in the country.”
She also added, “my son Ibrahim, he understands. He is turning 10-years-old. He thinks a lot about the residence permit. He often asks me, “Mom, will we get the permit? Why can’t we travel on a holiday to another country?” I reply, “I don’t know.” I really hope that I will get an answer soon.”
WE WANT FREEDOM
What is your request?
“I hope that we will not be sent back. We want freedom and security in a free country not in a country that is in war,” Howaida M. Rustem said to New Times.