A Kenyan woman living in Germany faces possible deportation over breastfeeding her baby.
Dzine Polle,24 went to Germany in 2011 where she currently holds a resident permit and doing an apprenticeship at a hotel in Timmendorfer beach.
Miss Polle loves breastfeeding her baby but she is having difficulties doing so regularly as she works 15km away from her home which is in Lübeck.
“It’s (breastfeeding) a feeling that makes me so happy,” says the Kenyan. “However, I cannot breastfeed my child regularly if I have to drive 15 km from Lübeck to Timm village where I work all day at the hotel.”
Her baby Dhalia is nine weeks old.
Dzine and the father of her baby went separate ways leaving her to take care of the baby alone. Whereas European Union (EU) citizens can take advantage of parental benefits, Dzine does not qualify for parental leave or parental allowance.
Her resident permit requires her to maintain her apprenticeship. She could face deportation if she discontinues the program at the hotel as she would be violating the terms of her visa.
“It’s as if (I am) bewitched,” said young mother. “(If I was to quit working) where will the baby stay and who should feed him?”
This is a question she has been asking herself for the last nine weeks.
Luckily for Dzine, a midwife saw her dilemma and reached out to Friederike Garbe who is with the Agape House in Lübeck which is a house that caters for mothers in need. Garbe did not hesitate and took the Dzine and Dahlia immediately.
“What the baby (has for sure is a different skin color), it is deeply unfair that mothers such as Dzine here is not entitled to parental leave” Garbe says; “How can they do that?”
Hoping for apprenticeship in Lübeck
Because Dzine Polle got a room at the Agape House Lübeck, many formalities were removed and the young mother can now breathe a little. In addition, her employer gave her unpaid leave at least until the New Year.
“But I hope that I will find an apprenticeship in Lübeck, then I would not be so far away from my baby.” Dzine says. (I) also intend to seek a nanny for my child.
Wanted: People with heart
Even though Dzine’s employer has made concessions, – Friederike Garbe intends to talk to the immigration office, to see whether there might be a compromise. In addition, Grabe is now desperately looking for people who want to support Dzina Polle and the baby.
When asked what she wants for Christmas, Dzine Polle said: “An apprenticeship in Lübeck, a nanny and people with a heart for my daughter”
–-NDR (Original article Translated in English)