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Issue No. 1971

The winning team

The winning team

Ehe Alhijra Somali football team were worthy winners of the first Unity five a side football tournament organised by Haringey Respect in north London.

The winners received Che Guevara T-shirts donated by Philosophy Football.

Eight adult teams got stuck in including a team from the mosque, Kurdish and Turkish youth, and local teachers. Children from the local Broadwater Farm estate joined in on the day helping to create a parallel children’s tournament. Haringey Respect is already planning to follow up with a mini-World Cup next year.

Simon Hester

Cambridge Respect is calling for an independent inquiry into a recent incident where asylum seekers were apparently exposed to great danger. Bomb disposal experts spent last weekend making an unexploded Second World War bomb safe for removal.

Around 80 Oakington residents were evacuated as a result, while asylum seekers in the vicinity of the bomb were kept in detention.

Steve Sweeney, a local health worker and Respect spokesperson for South Cambridgeshire, said, “Why were asylum seekers in Oakington detention centre left behind under lock and key when they were close to the bomb?

“Do the lives of asylum seekers count for nothing?”

Jonathan Walker

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Sat 8 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1971
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