We are calling on supporters for a last minute urgent action appeal to STOP the removal of a Zimbabwean woman via Kenyan Airways, details below.
We really appreciate any action you can take to call or email Kenyan Airways – also Facebook or Tweet is you are so inclined to put pressure on them to stop her flight. Our friend in detention is very grateful to have support.
Urgent Action Appeal for Sarah–
STOP THE FLIGHT! DON’T DEPORT SARAH!
“We built a home together in Nottingham, and now the Home Office is trying to destroy that home. I love Sarah and implore the Home Office to stop the forced removal of my sweetheart…All I ask is the Great British public to be great…and help save Sarah”. – Dave, boyfriend.
Sarah (not her real name) a young Zimbabwean woman with an HIV medical condition who is currently detained in the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre, will be forcibly removed from the UK to Malawi (not Zimbabwe) this Saturday, on Kenya Airways flight KQ101.
Sarah, like many women before her has been incarcerated; basically on the whim of the home office who don’t need to give proper justification for detentions, for the last five months, in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal centre (run for profit by private company Serco).
During her time in detention, Sarah has developed severe mental health problems; struggling with suicidal thoughts, which have worsened, as the days pass and the flight date of the 03/05/14 approaches.
Sarah has lived in Nottingham for the past five years with her civil partner, and despite all of life’s adversities both were extremely happy and hopeful that foundations they had built in Nottingham would be foundations for life, however, Teresa May (Tory Party) and the Home Office are trying to destroy this happy home life, and once again throw Sarah a hopeless life.
“You made a home in my country for only profit…tell me, why can’t I make a home in your country? But, for the reasons of love and my personal health, which are my basic human rights”. – Sarah
A brief history lesson of British colonialism in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe
In 1978, Sarah was born into the Rhodesian Bush War, which took place in Zimbabwe between 1964 and 1979. At the end of the bitter fighting, and during Sarah’s formative years – Robert Mugabe (British backed) became the first Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (now autocratic President).
Then Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to annul Robert Mugabe’s election in 1980, following shocking violence by his supporters against opponents, confirmed the last Rhodesian military commander, Lt. Gen. Peter Walls. With Britain’s tacit support, Mugabe slowly went about committing extensive human rights abuses (called by some an attempted genocide) and this led to Sarah’s parents taking the decision to move the family to Malawi.
Malawi is ranked among the world’s most densely populated and least developed countries and would not be an ideal country for refugees to seek shelter, however, for Sarah and her family, they had little else for choice.
For a decade the family struggled in Malawi, until poverty and hunger became too much a burden and Sarah’s father decided to move the family home to Zimbabwe. Unfortunately the “forced” decision had terrible repercussions for the family, which is still being felt to this day, for Sarah’s father was murdered by a violent group of men on the 25th December 2005. After witnessing the attack on her father, Sarah was then raped by the attackers.
Sarah returned to Malawi shortly after this ordeal and over many years managed to save for a flight to Britain, in the hope of never returning to either her homeland Zimbabwe or her briefly adopted Malawi.
According to Freedom House, Malawi still struggles with female discrimination: ‘Despite constitutional guarantees of equal protection, customary practices perpetuate discrimination against women in education, employment, business, and inheritance and property rights. Violence against women and children remains a serious concern” – Freedom House
For the British government to dismiss Sarah’s statement and return her to Malawi whilst she has a mental health problem and further, at a time when she needs the support and love of her partner in dealing with her HIV illness; is wholly unreasonable; and an affront of the basic tenants of the declaration of human rights – articles 3, 9, 12 et al.
• Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
• (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
• (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
• (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Please use the power of social media and email to fight for the human rights of Sarah, and let her see that Britain can make decisions based on humanitarian principles
We are calling for urgent action to stop Sarah being forcibly removed on Kenya Airways flight KQ101 at 20:00 hrs –Saturday 3rd May 2014. Every voice counts and we CAN prevent Sarah’s removal with your help. If this flight is stopped we believe that representation can be found to argue unlawful detention.
Please urgently contact Kenya Airways and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to ask them to halt the forced removal of Sarah, and allow her to remain in the UK, safe with her partner, where she belongs.
Contact Kenya Airways:
World Business Centre 1 Third Floor
1208 Newall Road
Phone: +44 20 82831800 OR emergency for last minute calls +44 020 8759 7366
Fax: +44 020 8745 5027
Email: Area manager: Nita Nagi
Contact the Home Secretary:Theresa May, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office
2 Marsham Street, London, SW1 4DF