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Refugee family taken in dawn raid

by Jonathan Giles
Issue No. 2327

There is outrage over the way the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has deported an Egyptian family from Cardiff.

In a dawn raid on 18 October Fariman Saleh and her teenage children Ibrahim and Lially were dragged from their home.

The family fled Egypt in 2007 to escape domestic abuse and rape. Fariman’s life is in danger in Egypt due to her husband’s political connections.

The family were due to have their asylum case heard on 14 November. Fariman attempted suicide while in distress at the Cedars detention centre last week and has now been sent to Egypt by private jet.

More than 1,000 people have joined a “Save the Saleh Family” group on Facebook. Labour AM Julie Morgan has appealed to the home secretary. Supporters protested in central Cardiff on Saturday of last week.

A video of the raid shows Fariman’s older daughter Shrouk screaming on the doorstep as her family is dragged away.

She has a separate asylum application centred on the threat of LGBT persecution in Egypt.

In 2010 a whistleblower spoke out about racism in the Cardiff UKBA office.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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