“I am here today not just for my own family, who face deportation, but for all the children in the world facing deportation.”
So said 11 year old Taimoor at the start of the last week’s 450-strong march in Manchester against deporting children and students.
The city council granted us use of the debating chamber for a “Speak Out” for refugee children and students.
Emma Ginn, one of the organisers, said, “It was good to see 20 year old Darlain, a refugee from Cameroon, take the head table and conduct our affairs.
“We had ten and 11 year olds describe how their families had been snatched and assaulted, and heard of the terrible conditions in detention.”
Having supported our march, it is unlikely that the council will use powers to take the children of asylum seekers away from their parents.
A march on the same theme took place in London. The protest was lively and loud.
Refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan spoke of their fears for leftists being returned to areas controlled by US backed Kurdish militias.
School students and asylum seekers, including those from the All Africa Women’s Group (AAWG) addressed the marchers. The AAWG, which sends speakers into schools, highlighted the sympathetic response they receive from young people.