Meet Syrian migrant Angela Merkel

2017-08-27 05:59
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin. (Michael Sohn, AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin. (Michael Sohn, AP)

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A Syrian refugee family in Germany has named their newly born baby girl Angela Merkel Muhammed out of gratitude to the chancellor for her open-door asylum policy in 2015, hospital officials said.

“The first name of the girl is Angela; the second is Merkel. With this decision, the parents wanted to show their thankfulness to the chancellor,” said a spokesperson for St Franziskus Hospital in the northwestern German city of Münster.

The baby was born on August 16, measuring 53cm and weighing 3.9kg, she said, adding that the girl was the parents’ fifth child.

Her mother, Asia Faray, and father, Khalid Muhammed, arrived in Germany with their four children at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.

Merkel lost popular support last year over worries about how Germany could absorb an influx of over 1 million migrants.

But with the refugee flow now stemmed, Merkel’s popularity has recovered.

Opinion polls have put her conservatives at a 15% lead over their nearest rivals, ahead of a national election set to take place on September 24.

It is not the first time that a refugee family in Germany has named its newborn this way.

In February 2015, Angela Merkel Ade was born in a hospital in the northern city of Hanover. Her mother had migrated from Ghana to Germany. – Reuters

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