An asylum seeker who has lived in Sheffield for more than 16 years told Sheffield Live! she is now afraid to report for an immigration interview. Marian Max, who is originally from Zimbabwe, spoke of her fears of arrest and deportation after three of her compatriots were detained by the UK border agency in cooperation with Zimbabwean government officials. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live! Marian’s name has been changed in this report to protect her identity.
A campaign has been launched to stop the deportation to Zimbabwe of asylum seeker Victor Mujakachi who has lived in Sheffield for 16 years. More than 7000 people have signed the “Free Victor Mujakachi” petition since his detention at Sheffield’s Vulcan House immigration reporting centre on Monday. Supporters say there are fears for his life if he is forced to return as he has been a prominent critic of the Zimbabwean goverment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A demonstration was held today to stop the extradition of Janahan Sivanathan an asylum seeker who lives in South Yorkshire. Janahan is a Tamil from Sri Lanka. It is estimated that around 100,000 Tamils have either been murdered or gone missing during the Civil War. The Home Office says it does not comment on individual cases.