We had very happy days with them and we had very good memories of Camp Zutphen.
In the previous part, I explained that we were told to go to Zutphen. We were taken by taxi to Zutphen. A beautiful city with kind people. First, we were taken to a building where three Iranian families lived.
They became our good friends in the Netherlands. We had very happy days with them and we had very good memories of Zutphen.
The Dutch Refugee Authority (COA) first gave us around € 170 to buy living and cooking necessities. Like pots, plates and …
Let me tell you a funny memory about this. The first day we went to the Zutphen camp, they gave us a credit card for 170 euros and they were going to deposit about 100 euros a week. We were very upset at that moment.
With the help of another Iranian, we went to the nearest camp store and bought equipment for about 90 euros, but the card had not been activated yet. So with the money we had, we just bought lunch that day and went shopping the next day.
After about 7 months, with the help of an Iranian friend and his daughter, as well as the cooperation of a lawyer and a neurologist, we sent a letter to the Dutch Immigration Organization inviting us for an asylum interview sooner.
The immigration letter came and we had to go back to Ter Apel for an interview. During the 7 months we were in Zutphen my wife got pregnant and it was one of the best events of my life. I was not born, Delsa, I did not realize that the only feeling I had after learning that my wife was pregnant was that I cared more for my wife.
We even held a sex determination ceremony for our baby at the Camp Zutphen Town Hall. In the following, I will leave you photos that make you feel more about our life in this camp.
I will explain the next post back to Ter Apel.