A Place They Call Home
During the past year, the Danish government’s treatment of people seeking asylum has generated vehement reactions among the opposition, the media and the public. Substantial changes in the legislation pertaining to the rights of mentally disabled asylum seekers in 2010 have led to a large number of forced evictions. This has not only created a heated public debate, it has also, and most importantly, presented the majority of these asylum seekers with an uncertain future full of anxiety, doubt and despair. The 16-year-old boy from Kosovo, Remzi Baftijari is one of those presented to such a future.
In July 2014, Remzi Baftijari, who is diagnosed with a severe psychotic depression, was deported from Denmark to Kosovo. Even though his application for asylum was still under treatment by the authorities, the Ministry of Justice ruled that Remzi indeed would be able to obtain his medication, Abilify, in Kosovo. However, pharmacies in Kosovo claim that Remzi’s medication is not available in the country and as a consequence Remzi has been forced to stop his medical treatment. After his arrival in Kosovo Remzi has not been in medical treatment, nor has he been under professional supervision.