[UPDATE] Turkish refugee father given papers to visit son diagnosed with cancer

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(Photo from Cevheri Güven's Twitter feed.)

Şaban Koçal, a Turkish refugee in Germany, had been waiting for official papers to reunite in Greece with his family, including a 5-year-old son, Nail, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, and he has been given permission to travel on Tuesday.

According to journalist Cevheri Güven, writing on Twitter, Nail Koçal had been in İstanbul’s Bakırköy Prison with his mother last year. After their release by a court, mother Birgül Koçal and her two sons fled to Greece.

Şaban Koçal, in the meantime, had sought asylum in Germany.

After his asylum request was granted, he applied for family reunion, which was also approved some time ago; however, the paperwork has not yet been finished.

Nail Koçal is now in a Greek hospital undergoing chemotherapy, while Şaban Koçal is still waiting for travel documents to visit his son.

Güven appealed on Twitter to authorities and people who could help reunite the family.

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