Breaking News: Kenyan Lady Facing Deportation
Hellen Awuor, a 24 year old Kenyan lady, is facing deportation to Kenyan despite the fact that
she is the mother of Rennah Chantelle, a 3 month old baby fathered by a Swedish citizen.
Hellen, who came to Sweden on a tourist visa in 2005, overstayed then fell in love with a Swede who fathered her child. Now, the Swedish authorities want to deport her although she has stated that she cannot leave her child behind.
According to a Story published in Aftonbladet Newspaper today, the Swedish authorities say that she has to return to Kenya to wait for her residence permit because this is what the Swedish law says. The case has also been broadcast on Swedish radio.
The case of Hellen is not unique. She is another victim of growing institutionalized State racism and discrimination of Africans in Sweden.
Her case should fall under “special circumstance” which means that she is already a mother in a relationship with a Swedish man and, under the circumstances, she ought to be allowed to stay. The legal logic in Swedish law is that since her relationship has resulted in the birth of child, she will have to be allowed to stay regardless of whether she waits for her documents in Kenya or in Sweden.
Another point is that her child is a Swedish citizen and the big question is why a Swedish national by the name of Rennah Chentelle should be deported to another country (Kenya) which does not recognize her citizenship as a Kenyan.
Kenyans in Sweden should mobilize and defend Hellen against an illegal deportation that not only violates the Swedish law but also violates International conventions including the Geneva convention which guarantees the right of the child to access to parents as long as they are alive.
KSB appeals to Kenyans, friend and well wishers here to set up a “Defence committee” for Hellen to put pressure on the Swedish authorities to stop violating the law. The father of the child needs to come up to head the campaign while the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm should lodge an official complaint to the Swedish authorities against this blatant violation.
Ambassador Purity Muhindi should alert the Swedish government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about what the Kenyan law says in relation to the citizenship of the child and refuse to cooperate with the Swedish immigration authorities in the impending deportation of Hellen.