The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs is exerting efforts to locate Haukur Hilmarsson’s remains and bring them home from Syria.
Representatives of the exiled Kurdish opposition in Syria delivered documents to Eva Hauksdóttir in Glasgow on Friday, confirming that her son, Haukur Hilmarsson, was killed during a Turkish air rain in Afrin on February 24.
Two sisters from Iraq were excited to see snow for the first time upon arriving to their new home in Iceland, RÚV reports.
Eva Hauksdóttir is asking the public to help her find information about her son, who is believed to have died two weeks ago in Syria.
Icelandic Airline Air Atlanta, which received strong criticism for transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, has now stopped all arms transport activities.
Icelandic company Air Atlanta transported hundreds of thousands of weapons to Saudia Arabia with license from Icelandic authorities.
Yesterday, church bells in Iceland tolled for three minutes at 5 pm to bring attention to the situation in Aleppo, Syria.
About 40 Syrian refugees from refugee camps in Lebanon have been offered to resettle in Iceland late this year.
Four Syrian families have arrived in Iceland this week as part of the country’s commitment to resettle refugees from the war-torn country.
Bergsteinn Jónsson, executive director at UNICEF Iceland, stresses the importance of being well prepared as a nation once we receive refugees.
Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson believes Icelanders can accept more than 50 refugees—the number previously agreed on by authorities. He compares recent declarations regarding the number of refugees we should accept to an auction or a pissing contest.
Eygló Harðardóttir, minister for social affairs, says “we are one of the richest nations in the world and we can accept many more [refugees] than we have been accepting in the past."
The Facebook event Kæra Eygló Harðar—Syria calls, created by Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, author and professor, to encourage Icelandic authorities to accept more Syrian refugees, has not only caught the attention of Icelanders, but also that of media abroad.