Keep the Nadeem Family Safe in Sheffield

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Saira Nadeem came to the UK from Pakistan in 2014 seeking protection for her family who had been subject to continual persecution and harassment following the untimely death of Saira’s husband in 2012.  Saira’s youngest child, Danyal, then aged 15, is profoundly autistic, has no verbal communication and due to his complex needs and challenging behaviour requires 24-hour care. The prevailing attitudes to autism in Pakistan resulted in a level of abuse and harassment that Saira could no longer endure.

Danyal, now aged 18, needs to be cared for by two people for his own safety. His mother and his sister, Zoya, are his primary carers. Zoya herself, now aged 27, was kidnapped by her father’s family in Pakistan in a failed attempt to force her into marriage with her cousin. She too needs protection and asylum. Zoya has spent nearly half of the last 14 months in detention and has been threatened with forced removal to Pakistan. This has caused her unimaginable distress and has left her mother without the essential support she requires to care for Danyal.

This family cannot return to Pakistan.  Danyal’s safety would be placed at risk because of the inhuman treatment he would face there and Zoya would confront the real threat of a forced marriage. This loving and caring family needs humanitarian protection so that they can stay together in the UK in the knowledge they will be able to rebuild their lives here in peace and free from persecution.

We call on Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, to use her discretionary powers to allow the Nadeem family to stay in the UK on humanitarian grounds.



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