Adan Abdulrahman, 13, who had muscular dystrophy, died in hospital after his family struggled to find accommodation and had to sleep under a bridge.The distraught father of a disabled 13-year-old Iraqi boy who died in northern Italy on Sunday has spoken of his anguish at flaws in Europe’s migration system. Adan Abdulrahman, who had muscular dystrophy, died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday while recovering from a fall from his wheelchair. The cause has not been confirmed. He also had breathing difficulties and caught an infection in the days before he died. His family spoke of an arduous week after they arrived in Italy as they struggled to find accommodation, even spending a night under a bridge. Authorities in Bolzano, in the wealthy Alto Adige region close to the Austrian border, have scrutinised their treatment of migrants following Adan’s death.
“Despite being disabled, Adan was a bright, happy, intelligent boy,” his father, 36-year-old Hossein Abdulrahman, said by phone as Adan’s mother cried in the background. “She can’t eat, can’t drink, can’t sleep,” Abdulrahman said. “She is completely destroyed.” Two years ago Adan’s five-year-old sister was killed in a car bomb in Kirkuk, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The family fled to Europe, arriving in Sweden, which received more than 160,000 asylum applications in 2015.
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