All posts tagged: Unicef

Nathan have to leave before National day

Nathan (7 years old) was born at Stord hospital, Hordaland Norway in May 2005. He lives with his parents in Ytre Arna, Bergen and goes to school. His parents are from Ethiopia. His father Asfaw Eshete came to Norway in 2001. Two years later his wife arrived to Norway. In 2003, two years before Nathan was born they got a final abatement on their request for asylum. Since then their supporters have sent several request to change decision to UNE without any luck. May, 16th 2012 they gonna be sent out of the country. The family doesn’t want to return voluntarily. Asfaw Eshete thinks he risks persecution and prison in Ethiopia since he’s been political active. But still the family will be sent back… Paperless children: Nathan has walk in the May, 17th procession, the procession on the National day, children’s day as its called in Norway, since he was two years old. This year the Norwegian authorities wants the send him out of the country the day before National day. His father Asfaw tells …

Crisis in the Sahel

It’s difficult to close your eyes on the crises around the world. UNICEF warned about the coming crisis in the Sahel last year. Now it’s “arrived. “(…) Over 15 million people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal are directly affected by the crisis. And although the people of the Sahel are resilient, their position has been weakened by successive emergencies. The region suffered droughts in 2005 and 2010, and many families were forced to sell their livestock, pull children out of school, borrow money and get by with less food. UNICEF estimates that it needs $120 million to feed the 1 million children under age 5 who will need lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition. Only 32 per cent of that need has been met so far. (…) (Source: Unicef.org) UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel. Go and find out more… Related articles Canada donates $41.1M to Sahel crisis response (devex.com) Call for urgent action in Sahel to prevent …

Cry Norway CRY !

Thursday March, 22nd 2012 in Rjukan, Norway Verona (9 years) is born in Norway and goes to the primary school in Rjukan. Her parents came to Norway 11 years ago.  Verona got a 6 weeks old baby sister.  The family got the notification that they have to return to Bosnia. Verona never has been in Bosnia. The farest she’s traveled is to Kristiansand in Southern Norway. She one of the 460 children who’s been in Norway for many years and now are supposed to leave the country. The police foreigner unit comes and picks the family up at home and drives them to Trandum foreigners home. Verona can only say her good-byes to her best friend. Here they have to stay until Friday, 23rd. Friday March, 23rd 2012 Verona, her sister Aurora and her parents are send out of Norway by plane. Around 9 am Finn-Arild Bystrøms, leader for Arbeiderpartiet (AP) in Tinn burst into tears when he receives the phone call that the family is on the plane leaving Norway.  He says to Dagsavisen: …

Norway 2012 – childrens nightmare

Norway 2012 – children are afraid that the police comes and get them to throw them out of the one country they know… Humanity and protection against danger seems only to be for ethnical Norwegian children or AP party members these days… Wonder what happened to the promise of more humanity and openness after July 22, 2011… There seems to be no mercy, compassion and will to reconsidering in this matter… A sad, sad time for a rich country like Norway that wants the world to believe in its humanity and peacefulness… Really can’t see how they can go on to award the Nobel Peace Price when they actually break with human rights and the UN convention on the rights of children…

450 refuge-children to be send out of Norway

The last couple of weeks media, artists, organizations and “common people” have set the spotlight on the situation of 450 children living in Norway. Many of them are born in Norway while their parents seeked asylum and waited for an answer, some are born after their parents had got an abatement on their request. Norway’s asylum politics got a tougher line during the last years, also to make it easier to send people out of the country when they got a final abatement on their asylum request. Some of the reason given for this it that people shouldn’t have to live illegal in a country without rights and money and to “make space” for people who really need protection… Trapped in the middle between laws, papers and principles are around 450 children. Many of them don’t know any other country than Norway. They’ve been born here, go to kindergartens and schools, have Norwegian as their language, celebrate the National Days as the days of their native country. But because their parents or even their grandparents …