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Stop the deportation of Mabel Gawanas

Issue No. 2500

A protest against detention in Glasgow

A protest against detention in Glasgow (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Mabel Gawanas, one of the leading anti-deportation activists in the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, faces deportation to Namibia tomorrow, Thursday. Mabel Gawanas is presently the most long term detainee in the centre and has been a thorn in the side of the authorities. 

The Home Office is seeking to deport Mabel a few days before the seventh birthday of her daughter Alexandra, who was born here and is a EU citizen.

Movement for Justice says, “Mabel has been central to making the fight inside the centre more organised. She was part of the three-day courtyard protest by over 100 women in the run-up to September's parliamentary debate on detention, and organised successful collective action to get a Chinese detainee taken to hospital. In November and March she organised women of different nationalities to defend Nigerian and Ghanaian women who were collectively resisting deportation. Both charter flights had to leave without any of those women on board”.

What you can do

In all communications quote Mabel's Home Office Reference, 1194349/5

1. Contact Kenya Airways and demand they refuse to take Mabel Gawanas on Flight KQ101 from Heathrow T4 at 18.25 on Thursday, 21/04/16

CALL: 020 82831800


Kenya Airways Marketing Director, Chris Diaz, @diazchrisafrica;;


Kenya Airways has the right and duty to protect the safety of its passengers and staff. Mabel is beingforciblydeported - she will resist because she is fighting for her life. The escorts are well knows for their brutality, causing the death of Jimmy Mubenga and the brutalisation of many more. To ensure the health and safety of their passengers and staff Kenya Airways can and must refuse to fly Mabel - they may say this is not their decision, but it is.


2. Contact the Kenyan High Commission in

Tell them that as Kenya Airways is their national flag carrier they must tell Kenya Airways to cancel Mabel's ticket for Thursday evening, and that they must make a stand against the continued harassment and deportation of African nationals living in the UK.

3. Tell Air Namibia not to accept Mabel Gawanas on the connecting flight SW373 leaving Lusaka for Windhoek at 12.25 on Friday.;

FAX: Head Office in Windhoek, Namibia - 00 264 61 299 6146


4. Demand the Home Office cancels Mabel's removal. Write to: Secretary); (Immigration Minister)

Copy to these Home Office email addresses:;;




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