This Man Has Been Trapped At An Airport For 1 Full Year
Fadi Mansour, a Turk refugee, wanted to go to Europe but his fear of the sea kept him from traveling by boat. Mansour decided to try and do a little life-hack: fly from Istanbul to Malaysia, where Syrians can still enter without a visa, and then take a flight to Europe from there. He decided to take a chance, but now he wishes to never have done that.
Malaysia accused him of carrying a false passport and deported him back to Turkey back in March 15th, 2015. However, Turkey didn’t let him back into the country for unknown reasons, and kept him detained in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. He’s STILL there!
He is being kept in the airport’s ‘problematic passengers room’ where there are no beds and very little light. He sleeps on chairs and on the floor and is given fast food 3 times a day.
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“I don’t know what to do anymore,” he told Mashable in a phone call. “I read more than 40 books. I tried to learn languages. I play on my phone. A month ago, I mentally couldn’t handle it any longer. I became almost aggressive, feeling like I want to hit the walls. I started smoking two and a half packs a day. I’ve never smoked before.”
Amnesty International got wind of his situation and have hired a lawyer to do something about his case. They have yet to hear from the Turkish courts.
“A person’s search for a safe life is not a crime. To hold a person prisoner for one year in an airport is seen as a crime of cruelty.”