“How Do I Get Out of Here?”

An American tourist in Sweden, Ganna Dharmarajah, went to the US Embassy seeking an emergency loan. She was told it would take time and why not ask help from Swedish social services. While talking with someone at social services, the police entered, arrested her and placed her in a refugee camp. She was informed that her request for asylum in Sweden had been refused and she would be deported. She kept on saying: “I don’t want to live here. I don’t want to work here.” She just wanted to get home to Berkeley, California.

A silly story in one sense, but also a tragic episode in the madness which now prevails in so many countries who continually are searching for terrorists. I would bet anything it was her name which triggered off this crazy episode. I doubt if her name had been Kelly or Wadsworth that Swedish officials would automatically have assumed she was seeking asylum.