106-year-old Afghan woman faces deportation from Sweden

106-year old Afghan refugee Bibihal Uzbeki lies in bed in Hova, Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, and despite being severely disabled and barely able to speak, she is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected. Bibihal Uzbeki made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, but has suffered a debilitating stroke and now faces deportation. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

 

 

HOVA, Sweden (AP) — A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected.

Bibihal Uzbeki is severely disabled and can barely speak. Her family has appealed the rejection, and she is allowed up to three appeals, a process that could take a long time. The applications of other family members are in various stages of appeal.

Their journey made headlines in 2015, when they were part of a huge influx of people who came to Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. They traveled by foot and on trains through the Balkans before finally reaching Sweden.

The Swedish Migration Agency confirms they’ve made a decision on the case and says age doesn’t by itself provide grounds for asylum

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