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A Thank You, And A Plea For Change

A Thank You, And A Plea For Change

Published January 18, 2012

My name is Mehdi Kavyanpoor and I came to Iceland looking for shelter. Recently, after a long struggle, I received Icelandic citizenship. First of all, I would like to thank god, who provided me with her angel of justice—namely Helga Vala Helgadóttir—who has stood by me for the past ten months and helped me through it all wholeheartedly. Secondly, I would like to thank my dear friends without whom I would have not been able to last as long as I have.
I would also like to thank the parliament members who finally gave me a second chance to live a peaceful life here in your wonderful country. I can’t wait to go and see my family, whom I have been missing for almost eight years. My wife, whom I love and miss, who has been suffering along with me during this whole time, and my daughter, who was only ten years old when I left and is now a grown young lady that I cannot wait to hold in my arms. I have a lot of catching up to do, and a whole lot more making up as a father and a husband.
I hope that no one will ever have to go through this nightmare that I have gone through, and that the people in charge review my case and make sure it does not happen to anyone else ever again. There are still some people here who still after many, many years still haven’t received any answers, whose lives are still in limbo. My plea to the Directorate of Immigration and the Ministry of the Interior is to please conclude these peoples’ cases and give them a chance to live a normal happy life, which is the right of all humans on god’s green earth.   
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