Samiyou Djimadou, a 29 year old asylum seeker who arrived in Belgium in September 2012, committed suicide on Monday after fearing deportation to his country of origin, and possible torture and death, reports dhnet.be.
Asyluim claims in Belgium are supposed to be looked at within 6 months but after 10 months Samiyou’s claim had still not been examined.
A friend of Samiyou’s told denet.be that Samiyou had been suffering from insomnia though fear of being detained and deported.
On Monday afternoon in Nerder-over-Heembeek in the north of Brussels, Samiyou decided to end his life. He firstly tried to throw himself under a lorry but the driver managed to avoid him, so he jumped into a canal next to the road.