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Portrait of a missing friend


Working as a journalist at New Times can sometimes be shocking. At present, we are working on creating portraits of asylum seekers. But the person I was to portrait suddenly disappeared.

 By: Rohit

His name is Noor-Ul-Haq, he is from Afghanistan and he lives in Sigerslev center. We agreed  to meet on 17-01-2013 (Thursday) in his room to record an interview about him. I went to his place at the decided time, but did not find him there. Then I went to the reception in the center and asked about him. The staff at reception informed me that police had come early that morning, about 5 o’clock, and took him.

Ever since, Noor has not been in contact with me or anyone else at the center.

He is a good friend of mine, so I am really shocked by his sudden disappearance and the uncertainty of his presence. I fear that he has been deported or something bad has happened to him.

First Meeting
I first met Noor in Center Thyregod (in Jutland) in July 2010. He was 21 years old at that time. He came from Sandholm center. He was very friendly and easygoing, and soon after our very first meeting, we began to hang out, play sports, take group tours, and other activites. We were spending a lot of time together in the center. Later on I came to know that he had very good academic background and he was very good volleyball player.

I Am Really Shocked and Missing Him
Noor is very kind, extroverted, and highly educated person. He wanted to make a lot of things to happen for himself and for the society he wanted to live in. But the strange behaviour of the Danish authorities has really shocked me and I miss Noor very much.

Deported to Afghanistan
Last week ( 22-02-2013 ) I got an unexpected call from Noor. He called me from Kabul. He told me that he was just dumped out in Kabul airport, and now he is worried for his coming future; feeling unsafe, absolutely uncertain and hopeless. We just don’t know what is going to happen with him in Afghanistan. I hope the best for him.

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