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Urgent action needed! Abdul Ghafar Rajabali

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Urgent action needed! Campaign for Abdul Ghafar Rajabali to be released immediately from detention and his deportation halted.

Abdul Ghafar Rajabali is 23 years old, lives in Leicester and is from Afghanistan. He has made many friends in Leicester, helps out with Leicester City of Sanctuary based at the Cathedral and participates in a local anti-racist/anti-fascist football team, FC Kolektivo Victoria who have called a solidarity demonstration 'ALL OUT FOR ABDUL' - this Sunday morning, 10 am Victoria Park Football fields. Bring your banners!

As part of his asylum requirement, Abdul regularly reported to the UK Border Agency reporting station in Loughborough. However, while reporting to UKBA on Friday 10th May 2013, he was detained and held at Loughborough police station. From there, he was to be transferred to Morton Hall Detention Centre in Lincolnshire to await his removal back to Afghanistan.

On Wednesday 22nd May at ten past midnight, he is scheduled to be “removed” from the UK to Afghanistan.

 

When he came to England six years ago, Abdul was unable to pay for a solicitor for his asylum claim.  He was also given an interpreter who did not understand his dialect of Dari. As a result, his asylum claim was handled badly and, indeed, he was unable to even attend the hearing.

When his initial claim to stay here was refused, Abdul took to the streets, living on free food and sleeping rough for over five years. He suffered terrible depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He lived like this to avoid being sent back to Afghanistan where he feared further persecution.

His father was Russian and when Abdul was a baby, his parents and all his family were murdered in connection with this.  Abdul was rescued from a deserted building by a neighbour who brought him up. However, when he was a teenager, the Taliban invaded his house and demanded he join them or he would be shot. The neighbour hid Abdul and later sold her house in order to raise the money to get him out of Afghanistan and avoid further persecution.

When his initial claim to stay here was refused, Abdul took to the streets, living on free food and sleeping rough for over five years. He suffered terrible depression as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. He lived like this to avoid being sent back to Afghanistan where he feared further persecution.

Abdul was found destitute by the Red Cross. He has a medical condition that would be untreatable in Afghanistan and suffers from chronic post-traumatic stress syndrome to this day. Abdul was granted Section 4 accommodation from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) while his medical case was reviewed.  

No longer living on the streets meant that Abdul could attend English classes and he can now read and write in English. In fact, this is the only language he can read and write in as he is illiterate in his original language.

Abdul’s Section 4 accommodation ended during the first week of May this year when he was asked to submit a doctor’s letter explaining that he should continue to be rehoused due to his medical needs. This letter was replied to by his doctor who supported his need to be in accommodation based on his extreme post-traumatic stress syndrome. Abdul’s solicitor is also in the process of submitting a fresh asylum claim based on new evidence why he should stay in this country.

As part of his asylum requirement, Abdul regularly reported to the UKBA reporting station in Loughborough. However, while reporting to UKBA on Friday 10th May 2013, he was detained and held at Loughborough police station. From there, he was to be transferred to Morton Hall Detention Centre in Lincolnshire to await his removal back to Afghanistan.

If Abdul is removed against his will and sent back to Afghanistan, he will not be able to survive there. He has no family in Afghanistan and he knows absolutely no one there who could help him, although there are those who would definitely persecute him. Abdul has already suffered extreme persecution because of his family background. 

Meanwhile, he continues to suffer with post-traumatic stress syndrome and will not get the medical treatment he needs in Afghanistan. His current detention will only exacerbate his condition.

Abdul has touched many friends in Leicester. He has been trying to rebuild his life in a meaningful way, is willing to help others and plays a positive role in our local community.

What you can do

- first and foremost, sign the petition http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/release-abdul-ghafar-rajabali-and-halt-his-deportation

- write to your local MP (or the relevant office for external affairs if you’re outside of the UK)

- write to Home Secretary, Theresa May MP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- copy your email to Minister for Immigration, Mark Harper MP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- telephone the office of the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, on +44(0)20 7035 4848 or +44(0)870 606 7766

- telephone the office of the Minister for Immigration on +44(0)20 7035 4848 or +44(0)20 7219 5056

Let’s make a big push over the next few days to help ensure that Abdul stays.