Syrian refugee family gets 60 day extension in Palau
Members of the community extend help for desperate family
By: L.N. Reklai
(Koror, Palau) The Syrian family, a mother and three minor children who fled their war torn country of Syria was given relief when the government of Palau, through its Bureau of Immigration signed a Memorandum of Understanding and gave them additional 60 days in Palau while they work on getting them resettled in another country. [restrict]
The family which was scheduled to be sent out on Wednesday, were informed that the government of Palau had sign an MOU with Catholic Church, Moses Uludong and Francis Toribiong, noted as “community helpers” ,in order to help the family while the work to resettle them elsewhere continues.
The MOU stipulates that the Immigration will delay the departure of the family for 60 days. It also stipulates that the “community members” jointly and severally, will be responsible for the accommodation, meals, medical needs and other expenses of the family while they are in Palau.
According to the MOU, the Bureau of Immigration has been assured by the UNHCR representative that the family will be relocated within the next 60 days.
Due to the stress of their expected departure this week, the mother , Saada Al Tawee collapsed on the weekend and had to be hospitalized. According to Mr. Uludong, she was just released from hospital yesterday. A good Samaritan business person paid for her medical expenses at the hospital. [/restrict]