February 18, 2010
(Translated from Swedish newspaper )
Elyas, 25, gjorde sin drÃ¶mresa till Thailand. NÃ¤r den var Ã¶ver skulle han resa till London fÃ¶r att plugga – men nu har han hittats dÃ¶d. Elyas, 25, made his dream trip to Thailand. When it was over, he would travel to London to study – but now he’s found dead.
– Det vÃ¤rsta Ã¤r att vi inte fÃ¥r reda pÃ¥ vad som har hÃ¤nt honom, sÃ¤ger hans farbror Arefaine Samson. The worst thing is that we do not know what happened to him, “said his uncle Arefaine Samson.
Chockbeskedet kom en vecka fÃ¶re jul. DÃ¥ fick familjen Samson besÃ¶k av Stockholmspolisen som berÃ¤ttade att en kropp som kunde vara Elyas hade hittats pÃ¥ stranden pÃ¥ den thailÃ¤ndska Ã¶n Koh Chang. Shock announcement came one weeks before Christmas. When the family got a visit from Samson Stockholm police, who informed him that a body could be Elyas had been found on the beach on the Thai island of Koh Chang.
De sa att det var 90 procent sÃ¤kert att det var Elyas men jag ville inte tro att det var sant, berÃ¤ttar Arefaine Samson. They said it was 90 percent certain that it was Elyas but I did not believe it was true, “says Arefaine Samson.
Den thailÃ¤ndska polisen hade inte lyckats faststÃ¤lla identiteten pÃ¥ kroppen men allt pekade pÃ¥ att det var 25-Ã¥rige Elyas frÃ¥n Ã–rebro som dÃ¶tt under mystiska omstÃ¤ndigheter. The Thai police had failed to establish the identity of the body but everything indicated that it was 25-year-old Elyas from Ã–rebro who died under mysterious circumstances.
Han hade checkat in pÃ¥ hotellet och lÃ¤mnat sitt pass och sin vÃ¤ska. Efter det hade han inte kommit tillbaka. Allt fanns kvar pÃ¥ hans rum, sÃ¤ger Arefaine Samson. He had checked into the hotel and left his passport and his wallet. After that, he had not come back. Everything was left in his room, “says Arefaine Samson.
Det fanns ju en liten chans att det inte var han som hade hittats. Samtidigt sÃ¥ vet vi ju att han hade hÃ¶rt av sig om det inte hade hÃ¤nt honom nÃ¥got, sÃ¤ger hans syster Aida Samson. There was a slight chance that it was he who had been found. At the same time so we know that he had heard of itself if it had not happened to him, “said his sister Aida Samson.
Det var fÃ¶rst i fredags som polisen kunde ge det slutgiltiga beskedet. It was only last Friday that the police could make the final announcement.
– De hade tagit DNA fÃ¶r att vara sÃ¤kra pÃ¥ att det var Elyas. Vi var fÃ¶rberedda pÃ¥ det hÃ¤r men det kÃ¤nns Ã¤ndÃ¥ fruktansvÃ¤rt, sÃ¤ger Arefaine Samson. They had the DNA to be sure that it was Elyas. We were prepared for this but it still feels terrible, “says Arefaine Samson.
Elyas hade jobbat ihop pengar till drÃ¶mresan pÃ¥ sitt jobb inom hemtjÃ¤nsten i Stockholm. Den 22 november lÃ¤mnade han Sverige fÃ¶r att njuta av sol och bad vid Thailands vackra strÃ¤nder. Elyas had worked together money for a dream trip to his job in home care in Stockholm. On 22 November, he left Sweden to enjoy the sun and sea at Thailand’s beautiful beaches.
Vi hade kontakt med honom hela tiden. Han verkade glad och mejlade bilder pÃ¥ sig sjÃ¤lv dÃ¤r man ser att han trivs, berÃ¤ttar hans syster Aida Samson. We had contact with him all the time. He seemed pleased and e-mailed photos of herself in which one sees that he likes, “says his sister Aida Samson.
Efter att ha tillbringat tio dagar i Bangkok checkade han ut frÃ¥n sitt hotell den 30 november fÃ¶r att Ã¥ka vidare mot Pattaya. PÃ¥ internet skriver han att han var vÃ¤ldigt nÃ¶jd med sitt hotell. After having spent ten days in Bangkok, he checked out of their hotel on 30 November to going on to Pattaya. On the Internet, he writes that he was very satisfied with their hotel.
Han var sÃ¥dan. Han var alltid glad och ville allas bÃ¤sta, sÃ¤ger Aida Samson. He was always happy and wanted everyone says Aida Samson.
Sista gÃ¥ngen som familjen hÃ¶rde av Elyas var den 10 december. DÃ¥ berÃ¤ttade han att han tÃ¤nkte resa vidare till London fÃ¶r att studera. The last time the family heard of Elyas was on December 10. Then he told us that he would travel on to London to study.
Han skulle ringa till sin mamma senare pÃ¥ kvÃ¤llen men kom inte fram eftersom det var nÃ¥got fel pÃ¥ telefonen. Hon Ã¤r helt fÃ¶rstÃ¶rd och kan inte komma Ã¶ver det som har hÃ¤nt, sÃ¤ger Arefaine Samson. He would call her mother later that evening but did not arrive because there was something wrong with the phone. She is completely destroyed and can not get over what has happened, “says Arefaine Samson.
Nu hoppas familjen att UD ska kunna ge dem ett besked om vad som orsakade hans dÃ¶d. Now the family hopes that the UD is to give them an answer on what caused his death.
Allt vi vill nu Ã¤r att fÃ¥ reda pÃ¥ vad som har hÃ¤nt. Vi mÃ¥ste fÃ¥ veta fÃ¶r att kunna gÃ¥ vidare, sÃ¤ger Arefaine Samson. All we want now is to find out what happened. We need to know to move forward, “says Arefaine Samson.