Manal had many nightmares while she was waiting for her family to travel out of Syria and take the dangerous route through Europe to an asylum center in Denmark
By: Marion Chen
Manal, Kheir El Din and their three children.
Manal, a Syrian asylum seeker in Roskilde Asylum Centre, was reunited with her husband, Kheir El Din, and their three children on November 25th 2015 in Denmark. She had her family reunification finally after her husband and three children’s life risky journey to Denmark.
A tough asylum process for Manal
Manal fled to Denmark alone because of being involved into the regime problems in Syria. She was also threatened by the Syrian regime security in Denmark. She had to keep low profile after she was interviewed by Danish medias. This life risky asylum really destroyed her dream in Denmark.
A life risking journey to Denmark
Instead of dying in Syria, Kheir El Din decided not to wait one year to get his family reunification, and he risked coming to meet his wife in Denmark with their three children. They left Turkey to Greece by a balloon boat, but the boat drown on the way. They stayed in seawater for two hours. Then Kheir El Din saw some sea birds flying above them. He thought it was a lucky sign for them because this showed that the fishing men would know there were people drown in the sea and come to save them.
This balloon boat drowning was a news reported by Turkey media. There were several died in the sea from the boat, including children. This made Manal go mad. She tried every way she could to find out the informations about her family and cried all day long. Fortunately her family were finally saved by the fishing men from Turkey after more than two hours in the seawater. But they were sent to Turkey prison soon after.
10 days later Kheir El Din and the three children were set free from the Turkish police. They left Turkey and went to Istanbul. With the help of an agent there they came to Denmark at last. They had nothing with them. The only things they kept were some drawings made by Joudy, one of the children, and the keys for their home in syria were kept in Kheir El Din’s pocket.
I just wanted to see my mom
While Kheir El Din was fighting against the seawater with their three children, the cold seawater soon made the children out of energy. One of the children, Joudy, just hanged up the package of all her paintings over her head to protect them from the seawater. When she was asked why she wanted to protect her pictures by the journalist from New Times, she said, “I just wanted to see my mom. I wanted to save them to my mom. I really wanted her to see my pictures.”
Another tough journey to be together
Both Manal and Kheir El Din said that they are happy that the family can be reunified. However, they have to fight again so they can keep on being together.
Manal got her positive in November 2015. She has been waiting for 10 months for the second interview with the Danish Immigration Service. During that time she was worried and crying every night because her family members were in danger on the way to Denmark. Right now the rest of the family are still living in Roskilde Asylum Centre. Manal wish that she can soon be living with her family in one apartment.