This video is called Afghan refugees return home to a bleak future – 19 Nov 2008.
From This is Exeter in Britain:
Friends fight to stop Exeter schoolboy being deported to Afghanistan
By exclusive eleanor gregson
Hakim Hussani, a pupil at St Peter’s Church of England Aided School, in Exeter, could be removed from the UK and sent back to his homeland if his application for asylum is refused.
The youngster, who is due to sit his exams in a couple of months, fled Afghanistan after his parents were killed.
He is understood to have been living in Exeter for around two years and has previously failed to gain asylum.
Immigration officers will deport him from the country once he is 18 if his latest bid for permanent residency fails.
Hakim’s situation is currently being assessed and he is believed to have just seven months before he turns 18.
The teenager is thought to have some family members back in Afghanistan but now has little contact with them.
He told the Echo he sees Exeter as home and has made friends with other Afghans living in the city, and regularly plays football with them.
“I am hoping to take my exams in May and June and I am trying to be able to stay in this country because I would like to live here permanently,” he said.
“I have lots of friends here and I am very happy here. I can’t go back to my country because of the fighting – that would be a big problem for me.”
He added: “I am really pleased with all the support I am getting, with letters and on Facebook, from students and teachers at St Peter’s and my teacher at Exeter College.”
Almost 400 people have joined a Facebook campaign to show their support for Hakim’s case.
Mark Perry, headteacher at St Peter’s, said Hakim was integrating into the community.
“It’s very heartwarming to see pupils trying to secure Hakim’s future,” he said.
“He is going through a process, having come over here temporarily, to see if he can make that permanent.
“I understand that Hakim did apply for asylum previously, but it was refused and there was no appeal. It appears he is speaking with a solicitor to see if he can make another application.”
He added: “Hakim was very traumatised when he came to this country and didn’t speak a word of English.
“My immediate concern was that he wasn’t going to be here long enough to take his exams, but I now understand that fear to be unfounded.”
Exeter’s Refugee Support Group said it would offer help and advice to Hakim. Manager Annette Hughes said: “We do have these situations pop up, particularly with young people.
“We are aware of this case and would help with any campaigning that needs to be done.”
It appears that Afghan warlords and religious fundamentalists are not the only ones who don’t want Malalai Joya in the public eye. The outspoken women’s rights activist and fierce critic of the war in Afghanistan has been denied a travel visa on the eve of a three-week U.S. speaking tour: here.
UPDATE: Success! Malalai Joya Granted Visa: here.
Many women in central Daikundi province are dying unnecessarily because there are no female doctors in any of the districts: here.