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106-year-old Afghan refugee Bibihal Uzbeki rests in bed attended by her son Mohammadollah and daughter-in-law Ziba, in Hova, Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Despite being severely disabled and barely able to speak, Bibihal Uzbeki is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected earlier this summer. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

A 106-year-old Afghan woman is facing deportation from Sweden


A 106-year-old Afghan woman, who is believed to be the world's oldest asylum seeker, is facing deportation from Sweden.

Just weeks from 107th birthday, Bibihal Uzbek was told that the Swedish Migration Agency had rejected her application for asylum.

Her rejection letter came during Ramadan. After Uzbek understood that her request was denied, her family said she suffered a debilitating stroke.

The Swedish Migration Agency confirmed in a statement to the AP they had "taken a decision regarding an expulsion in the case," adding "generally speaking, high age does not in itself provide grounds for asylum."

People whose applications are rejected are allowed up to three appeals, but the process can take a long time. Uzbek's family said they feel the plight of Afghans is being ignored. In fact, many European countries deny asylum to Afghans who fled parts of the country that are considered safe.

As for Uzbek's family, they left Afghanistan due to the ongoing war and lived in Iran illegally for eight years before making the perilous journey to Sweden. In 2015 Uzbek's son and grandson help carry her through mountains, deserts and forests to get to Europe.

Mohammed Uzbeki said it will be difficult for his family to prove that they face a specific enemy if they return.

"If I knew who was the enemy, I would have just avoided them," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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