Monday, 6 October 2008
Appeal or Not to Appeal - That is the Question
Husband and wife Fred Nukagem and Sandra Yonga Mbell and their three children are appealing the decision to deport them back from Cameroon. They won a reprieve when it was found their anti malarial vaccinations were not up to date. The couple are saying that if they are deported then they will be harmed or even possibly murdered. Mr Nukagem said this: “The lawyers say there is a chance we can stay here. They also said I might have the option of suing the Home Office for unlawful detention. At the moment I am hopeful. But it’s a really stressful for my family. My children are scared every time there’s a knock at the door. They are not sleeping properly, waking up through the night to check I’m still here." The BNP and other less sympathetic in our society would see this family deported without question. It does appear that Fred came here on a student visa and Sandra came here illegally but they have shown that they want to settle here and contribute to our society. Mr Nukagem claimed that he had been a government informer and had been tortured and beaten when he tried to stop passing information the the Cameroon Secret Service. Sandra's uncle had also been murdered and she herself had been beaten.
In an age where everyone accepts that there are to many people who are in our country illegally i hope that we never get to the stage where we deport genuine asylum cases. If we know that people would be in danger if we sent them back to their country of birth then surely we as a nation would have blood on our hands. Yes, there is the old chestnut about people passing through many countries to claim asylum in the UK and this has to be addressed, agreement should be made between the EU countries where all members should take an equal share of asylum cases and that each case be heard and considered on it's merit. We are a caring Nation with warm friendly people, surely no one out there would want to see Fred, Sandra and their children harmed? Asylum is an emotive issue which always attracts some extreme views so I'm looking for some humanitarians to post their thoughts along with the people who would send this family home to their possible deaths. I'm troubled by the lawyers pushing the family to sue the Home Office but that's lawyers for you, always need some one to blame!
I'll finish my blog by voicing my support for this family and i hope that posters will do the same but accept there will be people that won't agree but hey! that's the debate, OK it's your turn.........
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