Some of my refugee friends are facing deportation and asylum rejections in Greece, so I'm sharing the story of one to represent many:
You're being deported. The EU rejected you after keeping you in a camp for almost 2 years. You're 19, just been trying to join your family in Europe for years after you left Syria. As I write this, you're being taken away from your few dear friends, and no one knows what will happen to you.
The UK left a continent to not have to deal with you, the US is building walls against you, the EU is too confused to even realise it's separating families and letting Greece and Italy sink in disorganisation and helplessness.
They're all too blinded by war/oil/arms/money to see that you're a young, smart, cheeky, kind, strong, beautiful, caring, funny (hilarious I'd say), courageous, determined young man. Stronger than 19y old me and others who give for granted (or a chore) to be able to visit our families abroad or have a passport that doesn't label us as a 'refugee', 'dangerous', 'terrorist' and other horrendous stereotypes.
The media and politicians call you a 'refugee' but why don't they let you take refuge then? They don't even know that they're definitely part refugee/ immigrant/ clandestine etc. Because we have all migrated around the world but we are tought to be nationalists, proud of our beloved borders that keep us separated from everyone else. They also easily forget that the reason why you're a refugee is because they started a war in your country in the first place.
Reality is that we don't deserve you, and one day you will be an incredible man that Europe will regret not having, but I hope by then you'll be back in your Kurdish town with your family, recovered from war, and that I'll be able to visit you.
In the meanwhile I am useless and helpless and struggling to deal with it. But I am sending you my love, my strength, my energy, my positivity and hoping to make a difference for you one day.
Stay strong my dearest friend ❤️ Ana ashtalktek sadiqi
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