A little over 130 days ago Hassan Al Kontar entered the arrivals area of Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia. He hasn’t left it since.
He’s been caught in a legal limbo which makes him unable to leave the airport.
But he’s hoping that soon he’ll be able to find a new home, and he’s hoping it’s in Canada.
Asking for ur rights as human in this world like:— Hassan Al Kontar (@Kontar81) June 22, 2018
Ringing a bell in Kingdom of silence.
lighting a candle in the darkness.
throwing a stone into the stagnant water waiting rivers to break out.
Living with dignity is not a choice, its a necessity.
*death with dignity is a choice* pic.twitter.com/MqgU8BCnUx
Kontar is a Syrian citizen who left the country because of the civil war for the United Arab Emirates.
The Syrian government tried to make him come home to fight in the army but he said no so the government refused to renew his passport or work visa.
He managed to get to Malaysia but hasn’t got a permanent visa and when his temporary one expired he headed to the airport and hasn’t left since.
2 days before my birthday 🎂🎂.— Hassan Al Kontar (@Kontar81) July 11, 2018
This is the actual and only gift I am looking and asking for 😊😊👍.
Just the basics nothing more 😘#syrian_stuck_at_airport #mystory_Hassan #airport_is_my_home pic.twitter.com/CfDY9Wvah2
People working at the airport and flight attendants bring him food each day to help him survive and he passes the time by updating his Twitter account.
It’s now been 133 days, and he’s been given two options: go back to Syria or find another country to take him in.
2 minutes to remember, for the first time in 122 days they open a door for the outside world and I could feel the heat and breath a fresh air.— Hassan Al Kontar (@Kontar81) July 7, 2018
This is what I call a great day⚘👍#syrian_stuck_at_airport #mystory_Hassan #airport_is_my_home pic.twitter.com/4tXyxhksER
He’s hoping that Canada may be the country to take him in.
He has relatives in Canada but the application process to get him here as a refugee takes 2 years.
The petition has also been pinned to the top of Kontar's Twitter account.
Canadians have already helped Kontar in other ways too, some supporters from this country bought him a mattress to sleep on in the airport.
Kontar says all he wants is to be “a normal guy like any other guy in the world.”