Chechen Infant and Family Face Deportation
Norwegian immigration authorities are to send a family of five and their New Year’s baby girl back to Chechnya, reports say.
Ozdoeva Liza gave birth to her and father Mezhiev Alkhazur’s some 8.9-pound (4.04 kilograms) daughter Madina in hospital in southern Norway’s Kristiansand in the first hours of 2013.
Madina has three older sisters, aged six, four, and two and a half, regional paper Fedrelandsvennen reports.
According to Ozdoeva Liza, the six-year-old already goes to school, with the other two in day care. Immigration authorities have rejected the family’s residency application appeal.
She tells the paper her husband joined her in Norway about seven years ago after they had paid the [pro-Russian] Chechen regime a ransom for his release. He had fought against them in two wars, she adds.
“Chechens are sent back on a daily basis now”, says Ozdoeva Liza, “We fear it isn’t safe for my husband to return home to Chechnya.”
At the same time, she remains optimistic immigration authorities may perhaps change their mind, even though the family has had their bags packed ready in case police come to collect them.
“We hope we’ll be given the opportunity to stay and that we won’t be sent out of Norway straight away. I hope Madina will be able to grow up here,” Ozdoeva Liza concludes.