UPDATE RE DIANNE. A SMALL VICTORY BUT NOT THE END OF THE BATTLE:
According to Lucy Powell, Dianne has had her deportation deferred whilst her right of appeal is assessed. If true, this is PHENOMENAL but nowhere near the end!
Dianne will still be detained in Yarl’s Wood whilst her case is reviewed. We NEED to keep up the pressure!
Dianne should have been on a plane to Zambia via Kenya 1 hour ago.
From what we know that flight has left, WITHOUT Dianne!
Think about that..
WE, collectively, through ALL OUR EFFORTS, stopped THE STATE deporting a human being today. It started with 30 people outside a detention centre in Salford and has escalated to thousands upon thousands of people, from all walks of life, demanding Dianne Must Not be Detained or Deported!.
She is still detained, but she isn’t gone. She is still in the UK. Despite the wishes of the Home Office.
This is how democratic power works. Not abstract righteousness but localised pressure. Human and immediate.
This is as huge momentary success. But it isn’t a total victory.
PLEASE, PLEASE, IF U HAVEN’T ALREADY…SIGN, SHARE AND SHOUT DIANNE’S NAME LOUD AND CLEARLY….
There is a campaign going on in Manchester for Dianne Ngoza, a woman from Congo who is in danger of being deported.
I met Dianne last year at Methodist church in Manchester. I was volunteered to work with MSM ( Migrants Supporting Migrants) in a project called ” Migrant Echoes” which was a Media project aimed to strengthen migrants and ethnic groups. Dianne was one our interviewees.
Dianne has come to England more than 15 years ago on a visa and tried to renew it but complications encountered in the process and she tried to apply for leave to remain. All her attempt failed and she is now taken to Yarl’s wood to be deported to her home country. I have visited Yarl’s Wood last year and wrote about it on this blog. It is a terrible place. Detainees do not enjoy fresh air and they have to eat potato everyday. Yarl’s wood is not providing with adequate food for Dianne’s vegan diet.
On November 16 when Dianne went to Dallas Court to report (there is an obligation for all migrants who do not have status to report weekly, or monthly) she was taken inside by home office officers. They attempt to take her out in a van but people blocked the road, so they turned back. People stood in the rain the whole day so that home office had to negotiate and promise they will take her to Pennine House at Manchester Airport, they never did. She’s been given removal orders for Wednesday.
Dianne is not a criminal and she does not have to be kept in a horrible place like Yarl’s Wood. I call it refugees Guantanamo.
Please listen to her story and spread the news. We as human beings have a duty to support her and fight for freedom of refugee prisoners.
It has been long time since I updated this blog due to my university assignments ( I am doing creative writing /MA). However, I have been reading news everyday and there is a lot to talk about. Most importantly, is the Calais refugee camp in france which has been shut down and hundreds of refugees were taken on buses for accommodation centres elsewhere in France and a few of them were brought to the UK.
I was very keen on doing a project about Calais refugees last year, but I was unable to secure financial sources for it and the project remained on paper. I was going to write their stories and record them to be used as fictitious monologues on stage here in the UK.
In videos I watched on the news websites, people were upset because they felt like they were being removed from their home. According to an estimation by aid organisations, the number of people in the camp had reached an all-time high of almost 10,000.
Ten thousands people in cold winter and hot summer lived in tents, with no electricity and drinking water. It sounds almost like living in the war zones.
I hope French new policy allows Jungle refugees to live a decent life in france.