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For the next four weeks we’ll be bringing you a little dose of good news. Sometimes when we turn on the TV, radio or open a newspaper, it feels like everything in the world is just sad and wrong. But there are pockets of delight and happiness, which we’ll be uncovering and bringing to you.
This story will restore your faith in humanity.
A man facing deportation was granted an (unofficial) temporary reprieve, when fellow passengers on board his flight out of the country refused to fasten their seat belts in solidarity.
Ghader Ghalamere, a Kurdish man fearing persecution in his home country of Iran, fled that country years ago – scared for his safety. He was running from the threat of torture and execution in Iran, and was granted refugee status by the UN’s High Commissioner of Refugees when he reached Turkey. That is also where he met his wife, and after waiting five years to find a home somewhere else in the world, the couple were resettled in Sweden.
He now lives in Sweden, with his wife Fatemah and his two young children.
Mr Ghalamere actually qualifies for a residence permit but due to a bizarre quirk in the laws, he cannot apply for residency from inside Sweden. He has to apply for residency from another country.
And that is how Mr Ghalamere found himself put on a flight last Thursday bound for Iran – the country he had fled years before. His friends and family were with him, to provide support.
In the departures lounge, Mr Ghalamere and his family got talking to the other passengers waiting for the plane. The family explained why there were so many of them there, travelling together. They answered questions the other passengers had about Mr Ghalamere’s life before he came to Sweden.