Somali Teenager Risks Refoulement After Cyprus Rejects Asylum Request

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After a delay of more than 15 months, Cyprus asylum services has rejected the refugee asylum request by Farhan Jirow, aged 17, from Somalia, a source close to the family told

Farhan escaped the Islamic Al-shabab terrorist group after they kidnapped him in Mogadishu, Somalia on 1-March 2016. He was taken hostage to a village in the Afgoye district 30km away from Mogadishu. He escaped after 15 days but before he escaped the Al-shabab terrorists called Farhan’s father and told him they would exchange him for his brother, a journalist named Mohamed Jirow, if he wanted to save his life.

Farhan Jirow then fled Somalia and came to Cyprus where he applied for asylum like his brother Mohamed on 14 April 2016, said our source. But after one year, an asylum officer rejected it on the flimsy basis of his age.

Journalist Mohamed Jirow told Cyprus News Report: “I am very, very worried about the future of my younger brother. We fled from the same problem and I am kindly requesting Cyprus government to review soon his asylum application because I am afraid his case will end in deportation and the Al-shabab terrorists will easily kill my brother and again I am kindly requesting president of Cyprus and interior minister of Cyprus and the UNHCR to intervene in the case of my brother.”

Somali journalist Mohamed Jirow told us he also escaped two assassination attempts by Al-shabab during his journalist work in Somalia. The asylum seeker has settled in Cyprus and works as a volunteer at a community radio station in Nicosia called

With militant group al-Shabaab waging war and the government suppressing press freedom, being a journalist in Somalia is a difficult, and even life-threatening job.

The Committee to Protect Journalists 2016 Global Impunity Index “spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free.” For the second straight year, Somalia is ranked as the worst country in the index.

Al-Shabaab has stepped up its terror attacks in recent months, demonstrating its “resilience and adaptability” despite “internal squabbles and fracturing,” the United Nations chief says in a new report.

Mogadishu is often a target of attacks by al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally recognised government.

A truck bombing in October 2017 killed more than 500 people in Mogadishu, an attack claimed by the armed group.

 Al-shabab terrorist group still continuous every single day terror attacks and assassinations in Mogadishu Somalia.  

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