Shkar portrait
Shkar Kamal

Shkar represented refugee children and children in prison.

Shkar Kamal was in the jury from 2000 to 2003, representing refugee children and children in prison.  "When Irak´s President Saddam Hussein bombed us Kurds our five year long escape began. I was six.

We used the help of smugglers to come to Sweden or other countries."  – We came to Moscow where we lost a lot of money so that pappa was forced to stay there. The rest of us continued on to Riga in Latvia. 140 of us were allowed to come on board a fishing boat which was to take us to Sweden. But there was a storm. The boat went aground and we nearly drowned.
The morning after - on Christmas Eve - we were seized by the military. After a while we came to the Olaine Prison in Latvia and remained there for two years. Sweden´s government didn´t want to take us in. At last Sweden changed its mind and we were able to come here. After five years I feel like a human being who has been born again