Please write to David Blunkett, Theresa May, Nick Clegg and Paul Scriven (details below) to prevent the family's deportation. A sample letter is provided, but please write your own if possible.
Fearing for the safety of her children, Mildred left Nigeria with the help of her partner’s friend and managed to get to the UK after a terrifying journey. She and her children have been living in Sheffield since December 2005. She is very active in the community and has worked as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Home-Start Sheffield, Northern Refugee Centre (REACT) among other places. She is a familiar voice on Sheffield Live!, a local community radio station. She was also given an award by City of Sanctuary for her services to the community.
Mildred has this week received a letter from the Home Office refusing her application for asylum and telling her that a flight has been booked for her and the children to return to Nigeria on Monday 25th at 22:20 (Virgin Atlantic Flight Number VS651).
Just over two weeks ago Mildred made new submissions to the United Kingdom Border Agency. The latest submissions included evidence from a child psychologist about the effect the threatened deportation is having on the emotional and psychological well-being of Mildred's elder daughter. It also included a letter from the consultant at the Children's Hospital who treats Mildred's son for asthma. The letter states that he will have major, possibly life threatening, health problems without appropriate medication and medical care.
The submissions also included:
822 signatures on a paper-based petition (these were additional to petitions already submitted)
1837 signatures on the on-line petition
71 letters of support from from parents, teachers and pupils at her children’s school, her church, people at the various places she has volunteered, and from the wider community
Detailed information about MASSOB and their violent activities in Nigeria and the lack of police protection
It is obvious from the letter of refusal that these submissions have not been considered properly.
The Sheffield Branch of the National Union of Teachers is supporting and sponsoring the campaign to keep the family safe in Sheffield.
Mildred is a 'legacy case' (an asylum case which pre-dates March 2007) for which special rules and procedures apply. In particular it is possible for her to be granted asylum outside the normal immigration rules. This has been the case for thousands of asylum seekers, many of whom do not have as strong a case as Mildred.
We want people to write to, email or fax the following people.
Rt. Hon. Mr David Blunkett
17-21 Furnival Gate
Sheffield S1 4QR
Fax: (0114) 278 0384
Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office,
2 Marsham St London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 7035 4745
85 Nethergreen Rd,
Sheffield, S11 7EH
Tel: (0114) 230 9002 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (0114) 230 9002 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Councillor Paul Scriven
Leader, Sheffield City Council
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield S1 2HH
Fax: (0114) 2736644
It doesn't matter if you are not in Nick Clegg's constituency. The important thing is that as many people as possible make urgent representations so that the family's deportation can be halted.
Please act quickly - this is very urgent. Please encourage your friends, relatives and other contacts to do the same.