The other day I received an email about the Somalis who have been stranded in the Moscow airport for over a year. Having received permission from the author, I'm posting it below.
My name is Orshi. I was changing planes at the Moscow airport on Monday, 01.10.2011
I met a girl there, who is a Somalian refugee, and spoke suprisingly good english. She told me there are 6 of them now - 2 women and 4 men. And they are hoping to get into the EU somewhere.
They applied for immigration, and waiting for papers. Also, they have a place to sleep, kind of, and regular food. Some international Union (sorry, forgot the name) gives them food once a week, every week, so she said they have enough. They've been there for 10 months, and not really any hope how to get out.
She told me they are trying to follow up on what is happening in Somalia through the net, and have no idea what happened with loved ones back there.
Also, their problem there is that they are bored to hell, i think. She told me she would like to study, she had good education, compared to others, because she has studied for 8 years. When I had to leave to catch mz fight she asked me for blank papers, or a notebook to have something to write on. I gave her a bunch of papers.
I don't know what could I do for them, but I really hope they won't be there for much longer.
Maybe you can help.