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Asylum Seeker on Hunger Strike Taken to Hospital

The asylum seeker Mansri Hichem, who has been on a hunger strike for 21 days, was taken to the Sudurnes Health Institution in Reykjanesbaer, west Iceland, last night after experiencing severe chest pains.

Practical nurse Linda Magnúsdóttir, who is caring for Hichem, told Morgunbladid that his companions, who are staying at the same hostel, insisted that he seek medical attention after the episode.

Magnúsdóttir said Hichem refuses to take nutrition intravenously, but that he will possibly accept a saline solution. He is determined to continue his hunger strike.

Magnúsdóttir expected that Hichem would remain hospitalized for at least one more night.

Hichem applied for a residence permit in Iceland to the Directorate of Immigration almost two years ago and was recently refused political asylum. He has appealed the decision to the Ministry of Justice.

Hichem fled to Iceland from Algeria and fears for his life if he returns, claiming to be persecuted by the government and by a terrorist group. According to, his case is being processed at the Directorate of Immigration and the Ministry of Justice.

Click here to read more about asylum seekers in Iceland.

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