ALI IS A SOMALI REFUGEE - STOP THE HOME OFFICE DEPORTING HIM… TO TANZANIA!
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Our friend Ali, is a Bajuni, originally from islands off the coast of southern Somalia.
He fled Somalia in 1996 during the civil war where he saw his family members killed and his home village burnt and terrorised.
He has lived in the UK in poverty and terrible conditions ever since his asylum application nearly 20 years ago, which never was properly addressed by The Home Office and still remains unresolved in legal limbo.
Ali is due to speak at our first Goldsmith's Student Society meeting on 28 November in New Cross, London, about the Home Office and the ‘Hostile Environment’ for migrants. Now, using incorrect information and racial profiling the Home Office are trying to deport Ali to a country - Tanzania - he has no connection with.
Ali, who also has 3 children he is struggling to support, is calling on people to help stop this huge injustice.
Recently, The Home Office forced Ali to have an ‘interview’ at the Tanzanian embassy to try prove for their deportation purposes he is from there, but instead the Tanzanian embassy staff were outraged that the Home Office bought Ali to them, who speaks Kibajuni (language of the Bajuni Somalis and a Swahili dialect) not Tanzanian Swahili.
In the interview, The Home Office tried to racially profile Ali. Through trawling his Facebook account, they said because he ‘looks Tanzanian’, is online ‘friends’ with a few Tanzanians, they concluded this is his country of origin.
The Home Office have issued Ali with 9 more days to ‘prove’ he is not from Tanzania. The fact is, they can’t even prove it themselves. Ali has not been allowed to see a copy of any letter from the Tanzanian Embassy agreeing he is a citizen of that country. In reality this is a Home Office intimidation tactic and threat of removal.
The fact is, this is one dirty trick the Home Office has tried again and again on Bajuni asylum seekers in Britain, all part of their racist ‘hostile environment’ (link) and war against migrants in Britain.
The Home Office also continue to use SPRAKAB language testing - a racist pseudo science. This can be read about in an article covered by VICE magazine ‘Somali Refugees Are Being Deported to Kenya and Tanzania’ (link, 2014).
The reason the Home Office will not deport Ali direct to Somalia is that there is still no lawful deportation route due to the ongoing war, conflict and unstable governmental situation. Yet despite that doing so could be unlawful, this month Ali’s cousin Suleyman Jama was deported from the UK to Somalia by the Home Office, where after 5 days he was murdered in a violent attack.
Somalia is still not a safe place, hence why many are still fleeing, and minorities like the Bajuni fear increased persecution.
- We demand Ali is not deported to Tanzania, or anywhere else.
- We support Ali because he wants to live a life free from poverty, war and misery.
- We are against racism, deportation and the subhuman treatment of asylum seekers and migrants.
- We demand Ali is freed from Home Office restrictions and threats, and permitted status to work and live a normal life in the UK.
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