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Kurdish Family in Moscow Airport: We've Been Stranded Here for 50 Days

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 03:15 PM

A Kurdish refugee family with four children has been stuck in a Moscow airport for more than 50 days after Russian authorities dubbed their visas fake and denied them entry into the country.

Hassan Abdo Ahmed Mohammed, along with his wife and four children, fled the dangerous conditions in Syria and planned to make a home in Russia, CNN reported. But they were denied entry when they landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and have no option to return to Syria, where Mohammed claims they would be killed by the regime there.

What's more, Russian authorities reportedly refused to allow them to leave the airport to travel to Istanbul or Ibril.

The family was forced to claim a corner of the airport, cordoning off the area and putting down air mattresses. Mohammed told CNN that the conditions there became so bad — what with sleeping on the hard floor and not being allowed outside — that his wife became ill and spent two weeks in a hospital.

"We have not seen the sun for 49 days," he said earlier this week.

Frustrated, the family began a social media campaign to bring attention to their plight. It now seems things are finally starting to look up.

Roza Akhmedova, the family's lawyer, told UPI that their passports have finally been deemed legitimate and a decision about their situation should be coming soon.

In the meantime, the United Nations and other organizations have convinced Russian authorities to allow the family to sleep in a hotel inside the airport, according to CNN.

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