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Defend asylum seekers

by Julia Armstrong
Issue No. 1915

CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up action to defend Naseh Ghafor, the 20 year old Kurdish refugee who is being threatened with deportation to Iraq.

Naseh has been on hunger strike since 8 July in protest at the threat. Activists held a meeting to highlight his plight last Sunday and demonstrated outside the Home Office in Sheffield on Monday.

Jean Wood is chair of the tenants’ association in Burngreave, where Naseh is staying. She has been visiting him daily, trying to ease his suffering and campaigning for him to stay.

Jean angrily rejects David Blunkett’s claims that campaigners encouraged Naseh to go on hunger strike.

She is also furious that local Labour councillors will not help. One, Ibrar Hussein, said he could not attend the meeting as he had a cricket match.

“How can they send anyone back to Iraq?” says Jean. “All it would take to end this is an assurance that Naseh could stay.”

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Sat 21 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1915
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