World’s oldest refugee arrives in Germany

110 year-old man who claims he is oldest refugee in the world travelled from Afghanistan to Germany to apply for asylum

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Asylum seekers wait to cross the Greece-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni on 13 September.

Abdul Qadir Azizi, who is blind and deaf, has arrived in Germany - which has accepted 800,000 people this year alone - after an eight-month journey of 3,000 miles from Afghanistan

He claims that he is the oldest refugee in the world. When German officials asked to his age, his daughter - 60 years old - said he was born in 1905. He has no birth certificate with which to prove his age so police have not yet been able to cofirm this.

He travelled from Afghanistan to Passau in Bavaria with eight members of his family, crossed the border with Austria and arrived in a refugee center in Deggendorf. Now he lives in Passau refugee camp with them.

“We are delighted to have finally arrived in Germany,” his daughter said, according to N24.

According to his daughter, who was not named, they decided to leave Afghanistan after his three sons were killed by the Taliban.

Mr. Azizi’s home town of Baghlan has been under the control of Taliban forces for a while.

“But even if the man is only 90 years old, his flight is an amazing achievement,” Werner Straubinger, a federal police spokesman, told reporters.

According to the German authorities, Mr Azizi did not even need a doctor when he arrived at Passau with his family on Tuesday.

He is “frail and infirm, but stable,” a federal police officer at the refugee reception center said to German officials.

Germany hosts more refugees than any other EU country. Berlin will provide extra accomodation for the 80,000 refugees expected to enter the country this year.  

TRTWorld and agencies