Angela Merkel, Let Sabria Into Germany

Get the facts

This is Sabria Khalaf. She is a refugee of the Syrian civil war — and is quite likely the world’s oldest refugee. She now lives precariously in Greece.

Sabria would like to be reunited with her family in Germany. This seemingly easy feat, however, is being frustrated by EU immigration policies.

Please join us in urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to let Sabria into Germany.

Read Behzad Yaghmaian’s article about Sabria on The Globalist: Syria’s Civil War and the World’s Oldest Refugee

See a photo gallery of Sabria, her son and their current dwellings in Greece.

See what people are saying in the traditional media and on social media.

Sign the petition

This is a petition to the government of the Federal Republic of Germany to allow Sabria, the world’s oldest refugee, into the country to be united with her family there. It is her last wish. Germany understands that at times regulations need to be flexible in the name of humanity. This is one such instance.

Sabria is a Syrian refugee now in Athens and hoping to reunite with her family in Germany. Meeting Sabria is a very humbling experience. Sabria is the face of all of our grandmothers, their wisdom, and the fragility that arrives with old age.

Read the full petition by clicking the link at the top of the petition form.

See who has already signed.

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Meet the decisionmakers

These are the key public officials in Germany who can change Sabria’s fate. They include the governor and the top immigration official in the state of Lower Saxony, the state in which Sabria’s family lives.

Read Behzad Yaghmaian’s open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [PDF]

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
2. Stephan Weil, Governor of Lower Saxony

3. Doris Schröder-Köpf, Lower Saxony Special Representative for Migration Issues
4. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany
5. Thomas de Maiziere, Interior Minister of Germany
6. Emily Haber, Deputy Interior Minister of Germany
7. Norbert Roettgen, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag

In the media

We encourage editors and bloggers to share Sabria’s story with your readers. Behzad Yaghmaian’s article may be republished, subject to these conditions.

If you plan to write an original article on Sabria and would like to contact the author, please submit your request here.

Sabria’s story has been published in these media outlets:

Süddeutsche Zeitung [PDF], Munich, Germany, March 1, 2014
Eleftherotypia, Athens, Greece, February 13, 2014
Okeanews, Athens, Greece, February 13, 2014

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These people have recently signed the petition to urge German Chancellor Angela Merkel to help Sabria Khalaf to be reunited with her family in Germany:

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