Justice for Fortunate and David
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AIT Students & community volunteers facing deportation after four years in Direct Provision
With a heavy heart I have to inform you David and Fortunate have been re-issued deportation orders for the 2nd of September 2020. In the midst of this pandemic our Government feels its ethical too send our students back to Africa, one of the worst hit areas for COVID.
These deportation orders are effectively a death sentence issued by our Government, who values economic benefit over human life! As citizens of a country that was founded on freedom we cant stand idly by while our government has gaslit promises to end direct provision, by issuing execution notices to those who have endured the true definition of plight to escape horrendous situations.
The time is now that we stand up against this horrendous racist system, email Helen McEntee (email@example.com) our Minister for Justice and ask her to full-fill her role in her truest form and have Justice for David and Fortunate!!!
Stop the deportations orders against AIT Students Fortunate and David
David and Fortunate Nesengani faced persecution in South Africa because of Fortunate’s Zimbabwean nationality, and moved around trying to escape it, experiencing violence in Capetown, and eventually making their way to Ireland in 2016 to claim asylum. Due to a combination of communication difficulties and difficulties in recounting traumatic events of many years ago, they were given deportation orders marginally for the 19th March 2020, with the orders now been set for 2nd of September 2020.
David is a 2nd Year Social Care student on work placement in Gateway Athlone, and volunteers with New Horizon in the Community Garden in Lissywollen, and has volunteered in Care Homes in the past. His wife is an active community volunteer in her churches Sunday School, the Direct Provision Centre Homework & Music clubs, and several Athlone Care Homes. She is a Colleges of Sanctuary Scholarship student, on the AIT Access Course with a view to getting into a degree course next year like her husband. They both are keen to be eventually granted the right to work and earn a living for themselves, and to get out of Direct Provision. They are valuable members of the community and have displayed extraordinary resilience and willingness to contribute to the community. Fortunate was visited in her caravan Lissywollen Direct Provision Centre by the previous Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan in January in recognition for her work in assisting a fellow Direct Provision resident when he was dying, and informing his family, arranging his funeral, arranging places for his family to stay for the funeral, and ensuring he got a dignified send off.
Ironically the Minister’s visit happened around the time that her deportation order was being considered by Department officials, though it was not communicated to them until much later. The Minister for Justice has the power to grant them leave to remain on humanitarian grounds. We implore him to do so, so that the valuable contributions they continue to make to the community in Athlone are not lost.
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