Refugee Saidu Kamara participated in his school’s Greek Independence Parade on March 25, then he is set to be deported from the country.
Each year in honor of the country’s fight for freedom from the Ottoman Empire, local Greek students walk in a parade in their neighborhood.
Kamara, who is from Guinea, was one of the best in his class and had the honor to participate in the parade, only to be deported from the country as his application for asylum was rejected in December.
However, his appeal against the decision is due to be heard by immigration officials in a few weeks.
Refugee arrived in Greece in 2019, only to become top student
The 18-year-old refugee arrived on the island of Kalymnos in 2019 as an unaccompanied minor. He fled his native country of Guinea in West Africa due to discrimination and domestic violence. He made his way first to Senegal and then to Turkey, where he got on a boat headed to Greece.
Upon arriving on Kalymnos, the young refugee embraced his new home by integrating into Greek society.
Kamara became a beloved figure in Agios Dimitrios, a southern Suburb of Athens, where he eventually settled in a home for refugees.
It’s in the suburb that he began attending Greek high school. Kamara began to shine academically, despite the fact that Greek is not his first language.
Kamara “found his home” in Agios Dimitrios
Nikolas Kaklamanos, principal of the high school that Kamara attends, stated to the television network ERT that the student is “a shining example of integration in our educational system and in Greek society.”
After traveling so far, Kaklamanos said, Kamara “found his family in Agios Dimitrios.”
He stressed that Kamara wishes to stay in Greece, and that the entire school and the local community have banded together to try to help the young refugee stay in the country.
The young refugee was permitted to stay in Greece when he was a child, and he was housed by organizations aimed at helping unaccompanied refugee children in Greece. However, now that he has turned 18, Kamara is due to be deported.
Many Greeks across the country were moved by the story of the student, who has embraced Greece and succeeded academically in the country, and are outraged that he is set to be deported.