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Family of eight stuck at Bangkok airport for TWO MONTHS in an distress that has been compared to Tom Hanks’ film ‘The Terminal’

LONG stops at an airport aren’t accurately anyone’s suspicion of fun, so gangling a suspicion for this family who have been stuck at Bangkok airport for the last two months.

The Zimbabwean family of eight’s difficulty has drawn much magnetism worldwide and even bears comparisons with the Tom Hanks film ‘The Terminal’.

 Kanaruj Artt Pornsopit's photo with one of the Zimbabwean children brought the family's conditions to light
Kanaruj Artt Pornsopit’s photo with one of the Zimbabwean children brought the family’s conditions to light

The group, comprising of 4 adults and 4 children aged between two and 11-years-old have been trying to leave Thailand given October.

According to the Thai Immigration Bureau, the organisation arrived in Thailand in May, but have refused to return to Zimbabwe fearing persecution.

They have no visas for leading travels and can't re-enter the Kingdom being banned for overstaying their Thai visas by several months.

On Oct 23, annals show the family attempted to fly to Spain around the Ukraine, but were denied entrance as they did not have Spanish visas.

 Airport officials speak to members of the Zimbabwean family at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Airport officials speak to members of the Zimbabwean family at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport
 The family have been forced to nap at the airport
The family have been forced to nap at the airport

The family after done arrangements with Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to fly around Kiev to Dubai instead and then on to a third country, therefore bypassing European immigration.

However, according to a UIA spokesperson, the family cancelled their tickets for the final leg of their journey, ensuing in the organisation being sent back to Bangkok.

The family stays in dilapidation on the airside of the airport, with staff and airlines providing their meals.

 Their distress has been likened to the Tom Hanks film 'The Terminal'
Their distress has been likened to the Tom Hanks film ‘The Terminal’

Their surprising difficulty came to light after a Thai Facebook user posted a sketch of himself giving one of the children a Christmas present.

In his post, Kanaruj Artt Pornsopit pronounced the family had been vital in the airport for scarcely 3 months “because of the unsettled situation” in their country.

He added: “Hope all of you back to your honeyed home soon.”

The Zimbabwean family’s difficulty has been likened to the film ‘The Terminal’ starring Tom Hanks.

In the film, Hanks plays a man trapped in a New York airport in tactful limbo.

The film is formed on the genuine life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri who lived at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for 18 years.

However, Thailand’s Immigration business orator Pol Col Cherngron Rimphadee was discerning to close down any comparisons.

He said: “Please try not to review this to the movie. Their conditions is not as dramatic… actually they have copiousness of options.”

“They could transport to other countries that are peaceful to take them. We also offering to immigrate them to the holding centre where there is childcare. But they refused. They are happy to stay here.”


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