Syrian burn victim wants to live in Germany

The Syrian woman, who suffered serious burn injuries in early March, has come out of coma and has been dreaming for more than a month about traveling to her relatives in Germany with her daughter.

The 22-year-old woman agrees to be interviewed but not to meet with the reporter. The woman, let us call her Amira (a popular name in Syria) suffered 70-percent burn injuries all over her body. The flames spared her face, but her state remained critical for a long time - reports postimees.

Estonian doctors rarely see such severe burn trauma. Ain Seimar, head of the North Estonian Regional Hospital department of plastic surgery and burns treatment, said that during the past five years they have had 13 patients with burn injuries exceeding 50 percent of body surface. Nine of them recovered.

«Such patients need long intensive care and repeated surgery of burn injuries,» Seimar said.

Amira is still in the hospital recovering, although the incident happened on March 7.

Her 2.7-year-old child has been staying in care of a support person for the past four months. The same volunteer of NGO Eesti Pagulasabi has been with the family for a year – since the first day the three-member family arrived in Estonia last June and was settled down in Lasnamäe district.

The Syrian girl is already speaking some Estonian. «I meet her here every couple of days,» Amira wrote from the hospital.

The young woman, who speaks good English, has decided to answer the questions in writing. Yet not all questions – she declined from commenting on the events of March 7. But she admits remembering everything well. «I keep remembering it all the time, because it was a very big accident,» she explains.

Neither does she write about her husband who is under police custody and has to face court this Thursday. He is charged with setting his wife on fire in their home in Majaka Street.

«The criminal investigation of the case has been completed and the Syrian man is charged with causing serious injury to his wife,» says Kaarel Kallas, press official of the Northern district prosecutor’s office. If convicted, the man may face a 12-year prison sentence.

While the prosecutor’s office initially considered an accident or a suicide attempt, in a few days the most probable explanation was a crime. The woman called first aid herself. Her husband stayed with her until the arrival of the medics and had tried to put Amira’s fire out with water.

«They said I will stay in the hospital one moth more,» Amira began her letter. «I have been awake from the coma one month and half.»

She recalls how the family reached Estonia. «We traveled from Syria to Iraq, from Iraq to Turkey and from Turkey to Greece in a boat. I have a daughter and it was very hard for her and for us.» They stayed in Greece for three months. «It was a difficult time for us because we were alone, without relatives.»

The news that the unknown country of Estonia had agreed to receive the family was not a message of joy. «We wanted to go to Germany, because all our relatives are there. We knew nothing about Estonia,» Amira recalls.

Estonia was a disappointment for the family, she frankly admits. «…everything was different from our country and that effect on our life.»

While university graduate Amira at least speaks English, her 19-year-old husband, woodworker and excavator operator, does not understand foreign languages. They began to learn Estonian together. «In the last period we looked for work together,» Amira writes.

She does not answer the question whether she suffered from domestic violence or what her relations with her husband had been like.

When I ask about what she is dreaming now, she answers that she still wants to go to Germany with her daughter and to live there with her parents. «I want go to Germany because after this accident I need my family support,» she writes.

Her body still needs several operations, Amira adds. «I do not know but I hope that burns can be treated.»

Read other news on the city site of Dulbin.

Syria NorthEstonian Estonia
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
No rates yet
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and one of the owners of construction group Nordecon, Toomas Luman, finds that a prime ministerial candidate should first and foremost be able to answer the question of what will become of the demographic crisis in Estonia. The businessman sees controlled introduction of foreign labor as the solution. A digital construction cluster was created in Estonia a few years back to bring innovation to the s...
Last year saw 27,125 registered offenses, up 0.5 percent from the year before. Violent crime was up by 12 percent to 8,249 offenses. PHOTO: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire / Press Association Images / Scanpix Growth was biggest for domestic violence – the police launched criminal proceedings in 3,607 cases that constitutes an increase of more than one-third – annual growth of 37 percent from 2,632 cases in 2017. At the same time, reports of domestic violence we...
TALLINN - Ahead of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, tens of thousands of British citizens have chosen the citizenship of some other country, but only one Brit has recently chosen an Estonian citizenship. Spokespeople for the Ministry of the Interior told BNS that only one British citizen submitted an application for Estonian citizenship last year and the applicant was also granted the citizenship. Before that, no Brits had soug...
TALLINN - Experts from Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands highlighted the importance of decentralization and granting local governments greater decision-making powers at a conference titled "Strong local government -- strong state?" in Tallinn on Wednesday.  All Nordic countries have chosen a model granting local governments significant decision-making powers, thus the central government does not prescribe how local governments are to fulfill the...
The language learning application Drops by game developer Planb Labs, established in Estonia by Hungarian founders, was named Google Play's best app of 2018. With the number of downloads surpassing 10 million, Drops was named Google's app of the year as the revenue of Planb Labs, a company registered in Estonia, increased fivefold, CNBC said. The developer's revenue grew from €335,000 in 2017 to €1.7 million in 2018. The company's shareholders include Hung...
TALLINN - The Estonian Health Board has banned the distribution of chlorine dioxide, also marketed as the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), the A-component of an unused product, meaning the sodium chlorite solution, must be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. Ester Opik, head of the Health Board's North regional department, said that the banning of the distribution of the product was caused by the fact that MMS, distributed as a cosmetics produ...
Nature cannot abide a vacancy, as the saying goes. If just one year ago, Estonia was battling the sale of MMS and the practice of giving it to children, a new “miracle cure” called Advanced TRS has appeared on the market now. Even though the make-up of the substance is different, the promise to cure autism and cleanse the body of heavy metals, which kind of extreme detox is accompanied by severe side-effects, sounds all too familiar. TRS is recommended to...
Allied NATO battalions will soon mark two years serving in the Baltics. They have worked better than expected but would need prepositioned heavy weaponry and a functional contingency plan in case of a crisis, a report by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) finds. “We do not know how Russia would have acted had we not welcomed allies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017. I’m afraid they would have tested our resolve,” one of...
The time of filing income tax returns is nearly upon us. The new income tax system, in effect since last year, will obligate many women who went on maternity leave toward the end of the year to make additional income tax payments, while those who give birth in the middle or at the beginning of the year have no such obligation. What this means is that some women will owe the state simply for giving birth “at the wrong time”. Laura Roop, who went on maternit...