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Asylum-seekers sew their lips together as part of a hunger strike.

Jaoudi from Morocco lies on a mattress with his lips sewn together as part of a hunger strike at a house in Brussels. Twenty-three immigrants from Nepal, the Ivory Coast, Congo, Guinea, Brazil and Iran have refused to eat for 80 days, demanding that the government give them visas to work for a year.

"Dying is no longer a problem for me,"  Moussa Diakite, a 33-year-old from the Ivory Coast, told Der Spiegel. "I'm tired."

 
Photo credit: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

 

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