Sweden gave the oldest refugee in the world a 13-months grace period to die in dignity.
The world’s oldest asylum seeker suffered a stroke in June, after her asylum application in Sweden was denied. On Wednesday October 4, Sweden granted her asylum.
The 106 Bibikhal Uzbeki is from Afghanistan. Her story was published in August, when the editor of the Swedish Blaknspot magazine, Nils Resare, returned for a follow up story in a feature he covered in 2015.
Resare first met the Mrs. Uzbeki in Croatia in 2015.
The journalist followed the family’s immigration and settlement in Sweden. Her family carried her from the Balkans to Germany, where a doctor finally gave them a wheelchair. They finally settled in Skaraborg, in the Western Gothland region.
In August he returned to see how they are doing.
Since June, the Uzbekis face the prospect of deportation to their hometown of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. They left the region to escape a Taliban invasion in 2015. As members of an ethnic minority, the family feared for their life.
Considering the woman’s bad health, the Swedish Migration Court of Appeal reversed June’s ruling on Wednesday, October 4. Her grandson Mohammed Uzbeki told AP that the court is has granted Mrs Uzbeki “a time-limited residence permit for 13 months.”