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Family of nine left at airport after deportation

Norwegian authorities deported a family of nine to Paris, France nine days ago. The mother and her eight children ages 4 months to 15 years have nowhere to go and are stranded at the Charles de Gaulle airport.
Screen capture from Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK.no)

CHARLES DE GAULLE (NRK) Two of the children are ill, and the mother Simreth Wolbgeber says it is wearing her down to stay at the airport.

At Charles De Gaulle busy travelers pass by at all hours. Over the public address system there is an on-going stream of inquiries about passengers and calls not to leave your luggage unattended. In the midst of all this sits the mother of eight children Simreth Wolbgeber on the ninth day with two sick children.

When NRK's ​​reporter meets the family at the airport the youngest boy is sitting on the oldest sister's lap, while the mother comforts the two year old as well as she can. The other six children are sitting and laying around them. The only thing they have to play with is a balloon a passersby gave to them. The talk is in several languages​​, including Sunnmøre dialect, which one of the youngest picked up while staying in Norway. Wolbgeber says she is exhausted by the whole situation,

- I am really worried, she says. I try to explain to the authorities that I have eight children. It is very difficult.

Worn out

Wolbgeber's youngest child is only four months old. The others are 2,6, 8,10,12, 14 and 15 years old.

For the past two days two of the younger children have been sick. One has had headaches since she arrived, and the two year old boy has been sick to his stomach and not been able to eat any food, says Wolbgeber.

- We have got some medication from the health care service at the airport, but the two year old just keep crying and crying, she says.

The restaurant workers at the airport have given the family food that has expired. The family members are not able to take a shower or wash their clothes.

- We do as best as we can in the airport restrooms, but it is not easy, she explains.

– The Norwegian police were angels

Wolbgeber says she misses all the valuable help she got in Norway.

– I was very afraid of the police when I lived in Eritrea, which made me afraid of the police in Norway too. I cried when they drove us to the reception centre, but now I have realised that they are angels. They have treated us well. But here in France I feel completely left to my own devices. I have no positive feelings towards the police here, she says.

Do not know when they can leave the airport

She has been told by the authorities in France that she might have a place to live on March 31st.

– But they cannot promise anything, she sighs. Tears appear from time to time.

– How do you feel about being stuck here, can you think about the future?

– I feel that people were helpful and warm in Norway. We were well accepted and people helped me with the children and various practicalities. But here in France the situation feels completely different. I am worried about the future, and about how this will all turn out. It is almost impossible to explain how I feel, she says.