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Seba Fears Deportation From Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp

Seba al-Obeid is facing an uncertain future as she was informed that her and her brother must leave Jordan with one month writes Zaman Al Wasl.
Seba Fears Deportation From Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp

Seba al-Obeid, a Syrian refugee girl who lives in the Azraq camp in Jordan is about to be deported as the Jordanian authorities have given her one months notice to leave the kingdom with brother Abdullah. 

The decision came a few days after the Austrian government agreed to allow her and her family to be reunited in Austria.

Obeid, in a post on her Facebook page, has revealed her suffering.

“We entered Jordan on Jul. 7, 2013, and then my father decided to travel by sea to Austria, to try and secure a better life for his family. He arrived safely and managed to get [Austrian] residency” she said on Facebook. 

“My father then applied for a family reunion, but the embassy refused me and my brother because we were over the age of 18, so I decided to complete my bachelor’s degree in Jordan and travel in two years to my family” she continued. 

“My travel date to Austria was suppose to be on Aug. 13, 2019, but the Ministry of the Interior warned us that we would have to leave if my mother leaves the country” she said. 

According to the post, Obeid is currently experiencing the worst days of her life, as she cannot return with her brother to Syria or travel to Austria. 

However, there is no country that grants entry visas to Syrians. She is also exposed to the loss of her university and ambition. So she is now looking for any solution to avoid deportation.

A well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl that the pharmacy student needs to obtain an exemption from any foreign embassy that accepts her asylum file, in addition to allowing her (and her brother) to leave using regular travel documents because they do not have valid passports. 

Despite many difficulties, Saba refused to let her difficult circumstances get the better of her or abandon her studies. 

Saba’s case received a great response from a number of Syrian activists who expressed their solidarity and sympathy with the story. They called on international and humanitarian organizations to help and stand against the arbitrary decision to deport her from Jordan with her brother before the middle of next month.


This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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