Boy From Burundi


Roos Demol

Roos Demol, who is originally from Belgium and has been living in Ireland since 1998, is an intercultural facilitator and blogs on

At the weekend, she tweeted a story about a boy from Burundi who is now facing deportation.

Ms Demol, who is based in Cork, finished the story by asking for help.

She tweeted:

Roos Demol

12 thoughts on “Boy From Burundi

    1. postmanpat

      Don’t give people ideas. I can see some sap throwing together an illustrated patronizing e-book for social justice FB ‘likes’.

  1. eoin

    Illegal immigrant seeks asylum for unspecified (above) reasons and has application turned down, and now faces deportation? He had an appeal hearing where he was assisted by a Swahii interpreter and the appeal was rejected? If he has a PPS number, is he really a “child” or “boy”?

    On what scale is Burundi one of the Top 10 most dangerous countries in the world? Doesn’t even make it into Top 20 according to some sources.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    He is a ‘Man’’ according to this – “we need to save this man”.
    Maybe with the language difficulties he could go to France or Belgium?

  3. Rob_G

    “The only reason why he is on the deportation list is because of his innocence, his blind belief that just arriving in Ireland was enough to be allowed staying.”

    Well, thankfully, this is not the case; each individual’s case is judged on its merits; those who are able to present a compelling case that they were persecuted/feared for their safety in their home countries are allowed to stay, and those who cannot are obliged to leave.

    How did he manage to get to Ireland from Burundi; surely he should have claimed asylum in the first safe country he arrived in, rather than “travell(ing) around the country and around the world”(?)

    1. Cian

      I can’t give too many details, but I can say, he could not go back home and ended up in Ireland with 2 other drummers.

      he ‘ended up in Ireland’. Interesting word choice.

      1. Ian-O

        I once ‘ended up’, literally up a tree after a party down in Cashel.

        No idea how I got there, but I am pretty sure drink was taken.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          I can’t give too many details, but I can say I could not go back to _______and ended up in ________with 2 other ________.

          (tomorrow’s competition)

  4. Ian-O

    I can’t give too many details, but I can say I could not go back to my family home and ended up in a heap with 2 other whiskies.

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