A Kurdish refugee meets with the Crown Prince of Norway and thanks the Kingdom for helping refugees

A Kurdish refugee meets with the Crown Prince of Norway and thanks the Kingdom for helping refugees

Nov 30 2023

ARK News… The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Norway received a delegation from the Child Protection Organization, which included a young Kurdish man working as a volunteer with the organization within the Kingdom’s program about children who lived through the war and abandoned their countries and who are still suffering from the war in their countries.

In a special statement to “ARK” about the invitation of the Kingdom of Norway to the organization and its members, today, November 29, 2023, Ivar Hassan, a resident of the city of Qamishlo, who arrived in Norway in 2015 as an asylum seeker, said: “A week ago, I checked my email and found an invitation telegram from Prince Haakon Magnusoli. The Norwegian Crown Prince and his wife, Princess Mette-Marit, for the child protection organization “Read Barna”, in which I work as a volunteer to attend their program about children who lived through war and abandoned their countries and who are still suffering from war in their countries.”

Ivar added, “I attended the program with the Child Protection Organization, which lasted from 7-10 p.m. Norwegian time, and the King thanked the organization and the volunteers for the efforts we are making to help and protect children.

He added, "As a Kurd, I am proud that I met the Crown Prince of Norway. I introduced myself to him and told him my refugee story, offering my thanks to the Kingdom of Norway for the assistance it provides to refugees."

Ivar told the story of his arrival in Norway and charting a new path for himself: “I stayed in the camp for more than four years until I obtained asylum residency, then I moved to live in a house in the Nordland region of the town of Lofoten. First, I learned the Norwegian language. I studied as a nurse’s assistant for two years, then I studied for another year.” General studies and I am currently studying at the Multicultural Institute in Norway, and I also work as a barber.”

He pointed out that he faced a lot of suffering, so he volunteered in many humanitarian organizations to help refugees: “I worked as a volunteer in the Child Protection Organization, the Human Rights Organization, and the Red Cross. First, I worked with the Human Rights Organization as a journalist, then I became its director in the municipality in which I live, and I communicated with a branch of the Child Protection Organization which is in another city - since there is no branch in the town where I live - so that I can help asylum seekers through it, in addition to organizing competitions for children, and I still work with it.”

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