The rights of an asylum seeker who does not speak French

Extract from Récit de Waheed • 25 years old • Man • Afghan

The OFII wanted to speak French and I said “No, I speak English,” but she insisted on French. I told them I don’t have money, I begged to speak with a friend who speaks English, so that he could translate, but the woman didn’t change her mind: we speak French! I became very angry… and she called the police.

I found myself outside, in front of the door, without any money… Since then, I return in front of their door every day, but it stays closed to me.

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