Siblings who fell in love and had kids together have renewed their campaign for the repeal of incest laws so that their marriage can be legally recognized.
Ghbase.com reports that when Patrick Syuebing was assaulted by their dad decades ago, he was placed in a foster home in East Germany.
He reconnected with his younger sister Susan Karolewski after more two decades of being apart.
After their mum, Ana Marie, died six months after re-discovering his biological family, Patrick, who was 23 at the time, and Susan, who is mentally challenged, started sharing a bedroom.
Their unauthorized union has resulted in the birth of four children, two of whom are seriously crippled.
At the time, Patrick was reported as saying: “We do not feel guilty about what has happened between us. I became head of the family and I had to protect my sister.
“She is very sensitive but we helped each other during this very difficult period and eventually that relationship became physical. We didn’t even know we were doing anything wrong when we started sleeping together. We didn’t think about using a cond0m.
“We didn’t know it was illegal to sleep together.”
usan defended the relationship she has with her brother, saying: “We didn’t know each other in childhood, it’s not the same for us. We fell in love as adults and our love is real. There is nothing we could do about it.
“We were both attracted to each other and then nature took over from us. It was that simple. What else could we do? We followed our instincts and our hearts.”