Haike left Mali in 2012 after a military coup, having lived there with Malé and his children for six years. The decision for her to go to Europe, to lay the groundwork for a later family relocation, was a difficult one, but it felt like the only one. The children, Moctar (age 20), Hamsétou (16), Moustaphe (13), and LaLaïcha (10) deserve a life that promises freedom, security and a good education - a life that many take for granted, but that most people in Mali only dream of.
Malé had to apply for a new visa, and Haike had to submit a petition in Germany to obtain permission to get married to Malé in Berlin. A Malian lawyer was retained and more documents, notarized statements, legalized translations, official copies, letters & photos were prepared, stamped and submitted. Six months later Haike and Malé were married in Berlin.
By now Haike had found a job, but in Switzerland, not Germany. Yet more documents were prepared with the help of a Swiss lawyer and Malé submitted a visa application for himself and the kids to the Swiss Embassy. By that time, Haike and Malé had endured one and a half years apart.
Finally, though, a couple of weeks ago, the moment everybody had been waiting for finally came: the visas were granted! In about a month, this special family will at last be reunited, almost two years to the day that Haike left Mali. Please help if you can with the cost of airfare and Swiss residency permits - almost $3400 (€2500). Any amount – large or small – will be greatly appreciated. Your donation can be anonymous, or you can choose to leave your name and a message on this page. Or pass this link on to somebody who can make a donation. We thank you!
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