Greece: On May 21 longtime activist Arash Hampay announced that his brother Amir received his second rejection. Images by Arash Hampay
#RefugeesGR: Arash Hampay still seperated from his brother
Greece: On May 21 longtime activist Arash Hampay announced that his brother Amir received his second rejection. I have met Arash and Amir on Lesbos in December and January. Arash was always taking care of people on Lesvos. Organizing food, clothes, a place to live and fighting for refugees rights. Day by day, from the early morning hours until late at night. His brother Amir was released from prison in July 2017 after a long hunger strike and also supported other refigees on the Greek island.
Earlier this year Arash was forced to leave Lesvos island. He now lives in Athens, but his brother had to stay on Lesvos. The EU asylum system once again seperated family members. Although both have a similar background, Arash became asylum in the Greek state but Amir received his second rejection earlier this week.
Arash Hampay wrote:
2 years ago my brother and I arrived to #europe together. Both same case and from one family. We both left Iran after sepah Pasdaran (IRGC) killed my father and brother when we released from prison.
My case after many months waiting accepted and I got even my ID card and passport, but my little brother rejected again after 3 months has been in the prison… We protested, cried and asked people to help us. But after 2 years in #Europe we are still separate from each other. Why? Really why?? Let my brother come or #deport both of us to Iran.”
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