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Iraqi asylum seekers face violence on Baghdad flight

Issue No. 2174

Iraqi asylum seekers are speaking out after suffering racism, violence and cock-ups on a deportation flight.

The 40 Iraqis were left for 12 hours without food as they travelled to the airport. One, Kawa Ali Azad, said, “It was like a kidnapping.” When they arrived in Baghdad, the head of the airport turned them away, threatening to set fire to the plane.

When they got back on the plane to come back, they say immigration officers racially abused them. Kawa says, “I was called all sorts of words. I started crying. I was spat at. They slapped me and handcuffed me. I still have the bruises.”

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Tue 20 Oct 2009, 19:31 BST
Issue No. 2174
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