Refugee Support

Round up of news from the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns:
STOP PRESS: Hiwet Abraha
Irina Litvinova is a Moldovan who fled Kiev to escape racial persecution. An acquaintance who helped to smuggle her into the UK turned out to be a pimp who expected her to engage in prostitution. When she refused he beat her up and raped her. Irina now has a child, Nadia, and both are infected with a serious sexually transmitted disease given to Irena by her "friend". Following these traumatic events Irina has now been told she must leave the country.

Andrew Ochaki returned to Uganda from a period of study in Belgium last August. Suspected of contact with rebels in Europe, he was picked up and tortured by the Ugandan authorities. Bribery secured his release, and he fled to the UK. The Home Office refuse to believe that Andrew was tortured and want to return him to Uganda. Yet their view that he is an "economic migrant" is not consistent with his actions, leaving Belgium on completing his course and returning to Uganda with time still available on his study visa.

But it's not all doom and gloom. Lata Shah and her daughter, Devesha, who came to Britain two years ago on holiday from India but wanted to stay in the UK to care for a relative disabled since birth as a result of medical negligence have won their right to stay!

The NCADC is interested in hearing from people who would like to help Irina, Nadia or Andrew.

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (0161 740 8206)

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