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They were given a residence permit – after ten years

Jamila Aboutarik and her daughter Rita have been given a residence permit – after waiting for ten years.
Jamila Aboutarik and her daughter Rita have been given a residence permit – after waiting for ten years.
Foto:Mikael Persson

Just think of putting your life on hold for ten years. Now, at long last, Jamila Aboutarik, who has been confined to a wheelchair for eight years, has been given a residence permit. First on her to-do list is rehabilitation. Her daughter Rita would like a room of her own.

– It’s hard to take it in, after such a long time, but I’m so glad – words can’t describe how I feel, says Jamila Aboutarik,who lives with daughter Rita in a one-room flat.

– It’s Rita who keeps me going. When I look at her, I feel strong.

Asylum-seekers are not entitled to rehabilitation, only certain types of medical care, medicines and physiotherapy. Once Jamila has got the last four numbers in her personal identity number she is hoping to get rehabilitation and more appliances which can help her.

”Then I want to get a job and repay what Sweden has given me”
Jamila Aboutarik

Watch the film here when Jamila shows you how to make her Moroccan lamb recipe.

Her daughter Rita gives Jamila the strength to cope with Life. ”When I look at her, I feel strong”, she says.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Her daughter Rita gives Jamila the strength to cope with Life. ”When I look at her, I feel strong”, she says.

– I want to be able to walk again, she says firmly.

– Then I want to get a job and repay what Sweden has given me.

She hopes to be able to leave Migrationsverket’s accomodation and move to a place of her own. Where her daughter Rita can have her own room.

– We’re glad to get a home of our own at last, Jamila says.

– Life has come back to me.

Rita’s biggest wish is for a room of her own. Jamila wishes for rehabilitation, education and a job.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Rita’s biggest wish is for a room of her own. Jamila wishes for rehabilitation, education and a job.