While many other countries in Europe deny asylum to Afghans from parts of the country considered safe, the issue has been a point of contention in Sweden in recent weeks.A sit-down protest in the capital Stockholm by Afghan refugees and supporters of their right to asylum lasted for weeks, and caused unrest when far-right groups clashed with campaigners.Before their journey to Sweden, the family had been living illegally in Iran for eight years.They left Afghanistan because of an ongoing war and insecurity, but Mohammed Uzbeki said it's difficult to prove that the family faces a specific enemy if they return.'If I knew who was the enemy, I would have just avoided them,' he said, citing the Islamic State group, the Taliban and suicide bombers as possible dangers.'She still cannot speak properly, she has hallucinations,' he laments her son Mohammadollah.Her family says the centenarian had a stroke when she was told that their asylum request was denied, and has since been bedridden and can barely speak.Ms Uzbeki and her family made headlines in 2015, when the frail grandmother arrived in a migrant camp in Croatia, and she spoke to local media of her dream to reunite with her grandchildren in Sweden.She retired in 1977 and said she has enjoyed every day of her retirement. Ryan has also spent many years involved with the Republican Party and met longtime friend Jane Alexander when they were both helping with President Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign. Her friends and family say Ryan still pays close attention to politics and the news.
She said she was, naturally, like a second mother to her siblings. She graduated from Thornville High School in 1930 and married her husband in 1941.Before the recent solar eclipse in August, she remembers the last time there was a total solar eclipse that was visible from coast-to-coast, in June 1918, when she was six years old.Ryan celebrated her 106th birthday Friday, and although she's reached an age only few people do, it hasn't slowed her down.Thousands of people were touched by a video of a 106-year-old woman who visited the White House and danced with the Obamas, and now, they can give something back to her in return.People close to Virginia Mc Laurin have set up a fundraising page to raise money for her, with an initial goal of ,000. The extra money could help her move to a nicer, more accessible apartment, as her current building has uneven steps and has been infected with bedbugs in the past.
For all those "kids" out there younger than her, which Ryan said is anyone younger than 100, she advises people not to look to the past.