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On March 19, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Amel Mahmoud, a 29-year-old woman from Somalia, suddenly saw four policemen in her house

When the police stands in your room


By Eden

On March 19, 2015, at  8:00 a.m. Amel Mahmoud, a 29-year-old woman from Somalia, suddenly saw four policemen in her house

Amel Mahmoud was rejected in Denmark and told to go back to Italy where she was registered in 2008. She did not want to go back there but on March 19 at 8am four policemen were suddenly standing in her house.

“I did not know who opened the door and my kids were very scared and crying a lot. One of the policemen said I should prepare myself and that we would get send back to Somalia. I replied, why? You wanted to send me to Somalia with my kids I did not go there. Then they replied that we would get send back to Italy. I packed some clothes even though I did not know what I should do. Four policemen followed me to Italy, Roma airport and when we reached there they showed my picture and my kids to the Italian policemen and after more than one hour they did not reach an agreement to accept me.”

Another police office
“Hours later, the Danish police took me to the another police office and gave them my documents, and this officer asked me if I had any family or friends in Italy and I replied that I don’t have any. One of the Danish policemen gave me 265€ and left me with a “good luck”. Then, one police woman came to the office and I asked her to give me my suitcases, but she told me that they were lost. Thus, I stayed in Roma Airport prison for six days without any change clothes, and we were sleeping on a long set chair.”

Not accepted
“Then after six days, one police came and asked me some questions about how long I had been in Denmark, where my kids were born, how I was deported from Denmark. I answered all these questions and then he said that they don’t accept me and my kids in Italy, and that they will send me back to Denmark and inform the Danish police.”

Back to Denmark
“After that, the Italian police put me in the airplane with my children without any policemen to follow me, knowing that the Danish police put me in the airplane by force to go to Italy.”

Now she is in Denmark. But she does not know what will happen next.

“There is no life in Italy; no money, no house, nothing can support me to survive, and I am worried for my children. In Italy I was looking for food from the charity Caritas, lunch and dinner. We were sleeping on the train station. It is very hard to find a job because no one are looking after my kids. With my kids no one accepts me to work. My future is unknown, as Italy has refused to accept me no more. Denmark may send me back to Somalia. I’m so afraid because I have heard some Somali have been deported by force to Somalia.”

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