Afghan Asylum Seekers Continue Hunger Strike in Sweden

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by Zabi Rashidi

 
They are protesting against a deportation order and want the Migration Board to allow them and their families to stay in Sweden.
The men, who have reportedly been in Sweden for several years, are huddled in blankets outside the Migration Board offices in Boden in temperatures just above freezing.
They are refusing food and water and have taped their mouths to make it clear that they will not end their hunger strike until their demands are met. During Monday afternoon habibullah Hamidi and Hasham Rahimi and Hussein Ataie lost consciousness and were transported to hospital.
One of the hunger strikers, parwez Nauruzr, called Rashidi by phone told that he has a political background in Afghanistan.
If I have to go back, my life is in danger,” he said. “We undertook a hunger strike because the decision by the Sweden Immigration Service


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