Anna is five years old, my son Noel is three years old. They both grew up in Center Sandholm. They were best friends and spent all day playing. But in April, Anna and her mother were deported
Anna is a good friend of my son Noel for more than two years. But on April 16, 2015 Anna and her mother were deported back to Moldavia. Anna is five years old, Noel is three and they spent a great time together playing. No families have lived this long in Sandholm Centre because immigration service allows families to get housing outside after six months.
But me and my son and Anna and her mother were not placed outside Sandholm. We don’t know why. Life Is very hard for small kids to live this long in Sandholm. They used to play together all weekdays and weekends. Noel was so happy when she came to play. He always gave her big hug and they regarded each other how are you Noel? how are you Anna? They would ride their bicycles around Sandholm and spend winters playing in the snow. They really loved each other. Now Anna is gone.
Noel has no other friends in Sandholm and he still asks me: Mama, where is Anna? I want to play with her. When I hear these words from my son I really feel so sad, it is painful. I told him that she isn’t here anymore, but he still misses her everyday. He doesn’t know what it means to be deported. It is hard to see him without friends because friends are important to everyone. And all the newcomers don’t stay for long.
Anna and Noel are not a special case. Many children spend their lives in the camp, they join Danish kindergarten, they make friends. And then they get deported. Everything Anna knows has been taking away from her and now she is in a country that she doesn’t know.
I don’t know what to tell my son. He continues to ask about his Anna.