Asylum seeker dies of exposure in southern Sweden

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A woman from Burkina Faso has died after spending a night outside without shoes in -12C. Her 9-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter are being treated in hospital.

Police in Jönköping county received two calls on Wednesday afternoon, one reporting that a young boy was lying unconscious in the snow near Sävsjö. Another that a woman and her daughter were out wandering without shoes or adequate clothes.

"We don't know why they were in this situation," said Thomas Agnevik press spokesman for the police in Eastern Sweden. "They had been in Sweden for about four months, they were from Burkino Faso and had sought asylum in Sweden."