Members of Oldham Unitarian Chapel have launched a campaign to stop the deportation of two asylum seekers who are currently destitute and fear the consequences of being sent back to their own country.
The launch took place at 12pm on June 12th following the Sunday morning service and included a photo opportunity
The two refugees are: Abdoulaye Diabate from the Ivory Coast and Taha Ghasemi from Iran.
Abdoulaye fled the Ivory Coast after experiencing imprisonment and torture in 2006. His sister was caught up in the violence and raped. He does not know if she is still alive.
Taha Ghasemi is a member of the Kurdish Democratic Party who arrived in the United Kingdom in September 2006 following his imprisonment and torture at the hands of Iranian police and the security forces. As a known supporter of the Kurdish cause in Iran he faces immediate arrest and imprisonment should he be returned to Iran.
The campaign for Abdoulaye and Taha will include petitions, letters to MPs and other activities.
Both Abdoulaye and Taha are regular visitors to the Welcome Project sponsored by Oldham Unity. This voluntary support service for destitute asylum seekers takes place every Thursday at Oldham Baptist Church.
A social event for asylum seekers and their families takes place at Oldham Unitarian Chapel on the last Saturday of each month.
Source: GA Uni-News