Andrea Gjestvang

Irbid, Jordan

Israe (15) was three and a half years old when she moved to Norway from Jordan. She lived in Namsos in Norway for nine years before the family was deported. "If I come back to Norway I will take off my hijab. I'll do what I want - go out with my friends, and go with my sisters into town. There we can make what we want of our lives. Here there is nothing we can do. But it is not we who decide over our lives. Others do."
The seven al Zanghari sisters - Bayan (12), Sara (9) and Nora (7), Doa (21), Israe (15), Gofran (20) and Mona (17) - came to Norway with their parents in 2004 and told the authorities that they were stateless refugees from Palestine. They moved to Namsos and the children started school. The two youngest daughters were born in Namsos. When the authorities found out that they were Palestinians living in Jordan their application for asylum was denied. After their case was considered for nine years they were deported back to Jordan. Now they live with relatives in Irdib and none of the girls attends school.

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