Why does somebody stop eating for solidarity, what do they aim to achieve? How does it feel to be on a hunger strike for a day? Migszol will publish personal blog posts of those who join the solidarity hunger strike to present some of the reasons and feelings that we as individuals have for Rakan's case. Read from below what some of us were thinking during the first week of the action.
Wednesday, June 25th
"Today is my turn. Fortunately, yesterday Rakan stopped his hunger strike after 12 days but out group is continuing with the symbolic hunger strike. There was a response from the Immigration Office to the questions of some journalists but all they did was quoting from some legislation.
I’m angry and upset.
I feel ashamed for my government, for their lack of humanity, for their treatment of refugees.
I am sorry, Rakan.
Rakan Husien I hope you are feeling better and that soon you will manage to reunite with your children against all the odds."
Tuesday, June 24th
As a MigSzol activist I am always aware of the difficulty that refugees in Hungary have - being separated from their home and family is very difficult. Rakan's story is another level of sadness because of the terrible death of his wife and mother.
Being in Hungary it often feels we are disconnected with the world and cannot make a positive change. In the case of Rakan, it is a simple task to reunite his family - well, it should be a simple task!
Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs simply has to accept the papers of Rakan's children. Currently they are stuck in Turkey after two horrific journeys attempting to enter Jordan and then Lebanon - which both turned them away because they are Palestinians and therefore do not have 'real' passports.
And today, while they are currently 'safe' in Turkey, they have been rejected again by the State of Hungary.
This is a truly shameful situation for Hungary. Of course, Hungarians themselves know how petty and picky state bureaucrats can be in their own lives. But in this case, a pointless and cruel decision has been made that has separated a father from his children after his wife and mother was killed.
Please Prime Minister Orbán and President Áder, I think Hungary can be better than this.
Monday, June 23rd
''Today it was my day, my day to feel what Rakan has felt every day since June 12th. I do not really have words to describe how my day was, as usually my days are very busy, I am active and even I forget to eat or I do not have the time to eat, but today it was different. And is it not just about feeling hungry, is about feeling sad, tired and especially helpless and incapable of doing anything, but to hunger strike silently. My day was and still is dark, silent, I am feeling alone and weak, I am feeling that nobody understands me and cannot do much to change how I feel. And maybe I am wrong, maybe some understand, but one cannot understand a feeling until he/she lives through it and experiences it.
During all day Rakan and his family was on my mind...
Maybe this does not mean too much and it cannot have a big impact on the issue but it is an act of solidarity that we do in order to make him stronger and to fight for him and his family. We cannot bring them here but we can fight together with him, to make people aware of this case and to not stop until we reach our goal.
I had days that I was feeling weak but I would eat something, whereas today it was very hard. I am staring at the watch to hope that the time will pass faster. I try to do anything just to make the time pass so I can eat again… But if it would be so easy to make the time pass and to know that tomorrow is the day that his children will be here and not the day that I could actually eat, it would've been so much better. Can you imagine what does Rakan feel every day?
It will take time but I am ready to fight with him and we all are trying to be with him until we don't see his family reunified.
My 24 hours of not eating will be soon over, but let's take a second and think about his path of his hunger strike? When it will stop? How much does one have to fight just to use his right of having a reunified family?''