RAK ruler grants expat boy’s wish to be reunited with mother after COVID-19 pandemic

Archie has been away from his mother for 52 nights after she traveled back to the UK. (Screengrab/WAM)
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Updated 13 May 2020

RAK ruler grants expat boy’s wish to be reunited with mother after COVID-19 pandemic

DUBAI: No one likes to be told “no”, but as the age-old phrase “if you don’t ask, you don’t get,” suggests, sometimes it’s worth giving it a try.
And for seven-year-old British expat, Archie Appleyard, that has never been more true.
He has been away from his mother for 52 nights after she traveled back to the UK, only to be stranded there when the coronavirus pandemic forced a global lockdown.

So young Archie penned a letter to Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, ruler of the UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), asking if the royal could help reunite the mother and son.
“It has been 52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mother," the boy said in his letter.
“I feel so sad because we have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is my mummy's return,” he wrote.
Much to Archie’s surprise he received a handwritten reply from Al-Qasimi, saying that his wish would indeed soon come true.
“I was pleased today to respond to a letter from Archie, the British boy whose mother was prevented from returning from the UK to Ras Al Khaimah due to the current circumstances,” the ruler said in a statement.
Al-Qasimi said on Instagram RAK authorities “worked to help reunite him with his mother at the earliest opportunity.”


Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

Updated 23 November 2020

Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

BERLIN: Germany has warned citizens who also hold Iranian nationality against travelling to Iran after a dual national was arrested in October.
The foreign ministry did not name the detained citizen, but she has been identified as Nahid Taghavi by her daughter Mariam Claren.
"There have been several arrests of German-Iranian dual nationals in the past -- including most recently in October 2020, often without comprehensible reasons," said the German foreign ministry in an online update of its travel warning.
"Further detentions of people who also possess Iranian citizenship cannot be ruled out," it added, stressing therefore that "unnecessary travel by people who are also Iranian nationals is strongly discouraged".

 


Taghavi is a 66-year-old architect, who is reportedly being held in solitary detention in Iran.
Her daughter Claren said she has had no access to her since October 15, a day before she was believed to have been arrested.
Human rights group IGFM said Taghavi should be viewed as a political prisoner because she has for years been fighting for human rights in Iran, in particular for women's rights and freedom of expression.