In 1999, when Dritan Dauti was 14, Serbian soldiers destroyed his village in Kosovo. He was separated from his family and, after living in a refugee camp in Macedonia, he managed to get to England where he was put in the care of his brother.
In August 2001, the brothers learnt that their father, who had been against war and had refused to let his sons join the Kosovan Liberation Army, had been murdered by some of its members.
In November 2001, Dritan was diagnosed as suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder arising from these experiences. Despite this, Dritan has settled down well in England and is employed as a printer.
The mere thought of returning to Kosovo results in him having nightmares.
The home office has recently refused Dritan’s application for leave to remain. His appeal is set for 13 June and we are appealing for as much support as possible.
Send letters of support for Dritan Dauti to Pierre Makhlouf, Hackney Law Centre, 8 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0PD.