<Kingsley Audy, with the help of Jonas Iversen>
I came to Norway in 2004. I got my working permit and started working in 2005. I was legally working and paying my taxes until my life changed dramatically in 2009. I was arrested by the police and sentenced to prison for a drug related crime. Now I have been four years in prison and I am sentenced to be deported back to Nigeria after being another year and a half more in prison. This means that I will be sent away from my wife and children in Oslo, which in all practical sense means that my life with them is over.
This is more than a double sentence for me. After being in prison now for over four years, and away from my family all this time, I have not gained a second chance but rather sentenced to be moved further away from my family. Such a sentence is wrong and inhumane.
I am in fact innocent in this case, but that is a different issue. The reason why I write here is not to prove my innocence. I want to point out the unfairness of being punished with a double sentence. I also want to speak out about the cruel punishment of separating a man from his family, whether one is guilty of a crime or not.
To expel a man away from his children is a horrible sentence for a man to get, and it is wrong when the crime he has committed has not been against his family. I feel the responsibility to speak out about this issue because it concerns so many others. More importantly, it hurts the children.
My step daughter will be eight years in August, my first son will turn four soon, and my youngest son will be two years in September. They won’t just grow up without a father. Since they already know their father, and they love their father, they will experience to lose their father, forever. That is not a fair system.
This is a major problem with the Norwegian justice system which most Norwegians are not familiar with. Norway is a country that always talks about what is best for the children, but I don’t know how sending me away from my children forever is the best for them. I don’t think this is best for any child.
I came to realize that a lot of children are fatherless in Norway for this reason. These kids deserve to be with both of their parents. To split families like that is very serious and I feel that it is not taken into account when the sentence of deportation is being made. These people have no voice because they are seen only as criminals, not as parents. Such a system is not about justice. It’s about controlling immigration with illegitimate means. The system punishes the weak too hard; immigrants as well as their children.