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Zimbabwean Man Goes Hungry to Be Reunited with Wife
A Zimbabwean man is going on an indefinite fast till he can be reunited
with his wife. Fungai James Tichawangana of Harare has revealed in a blog post
that he applied for a Norwegian family reunification VISA in October
2008 and was told that the VISA would be out in two months time.
However, five months later, he is still waiting.
In the post, made on a Zimbabwean community blog,
www.zimbablog.com, Tichawangana says that the Norwegian Directorate of
Immigration (UDI) has told him that they “do not know” when he will get
“Will someone please tell me, how a country, which has year after
year been said to be the best place to live in the world, cannot
process a VISA application in five whole months?” Tichawangana asks in
the post where he claims that he emailed the King of Norway among other
people seeking expedition of the VISA.
“Can someone tell me how in an age of online transactions that take
five seconds to process, it should take so long for a man to get the
paperwork so that he can be with his wife?” He goes on.
Tichawangana’s wife is studying in Norway and he has visited her once before, in December 2007. He works as a web developer.
He says that as from 2nd March he will drink only water and won’t
eat anything till he gets word from UDI about when the VISA will come
"I am not suicidal," he adds, "I definitely still want to live and I have doctor friend advising me on how far I can push the fast."
He also says that he hopes his actions will bring attention to this
issue and will “urge the UDI and other immigration departments around
the world to fast track family reunification VISAs.”