Stop deporting refugees to dangerous Afghanistan

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

FRIENDS of an Exeter schoolboy facing deportation to war-torn Afghanistan have launched a desperate plea to keep him in the UK.

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.

6 thoughts on “Stop deporting refugees to dangerous Afghanistan

  1. Canadian Helicopters Q4 profit up on Afghanistan contracts

    Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:22pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Canadian Helicopters Group Inc’s quarterly profit rose, helped by higher contracts from Afghanistan, and the company said it sees reconstruction operations in the war-torn Asian country adding to its revenue going forward.

    “… in anticipation of the postwar period, we are working towards deployment of aircraft to support reconstruction efforts,” Chief Executive Don Wall said in a statement.

    U.S. programs to rebuild Afghanistan — a $56-billion effort that has brought only mixed results since 2002 — will take center stage as Obama seeks to demonstrate progress on security and governance so he can begin withdrawing troops. [ID: nN21272166]

    The helicopter transportation services company also said it sees demand for its services in Canada returning to higher levels, specially from an upturn in the mining sector.

    For October-December, it posted earnings before non-controlling interest of C$4.4 million, or 33 Canadian cents a share, up from C$2.7 million, or 20 Canadian cents a share, last year.

    Distributable cash came in at C$6 million, or 46 Canadian cents a share, up from C$2.9 million, or 22 Canadian cents, a year ago.

    Revenue jumped 37 percent to C$43 million. Revenue-flying hours rose 4.1 percent to 10,990 hours.

    The Montreal-based company’s shares closed 30 Canadian cents higher at C$17.50 on Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Arnika Thakur in Bangalore;Editing by Vyas Mohan)


  2. ANSWER Mobilizes: Stop the Bombing of Libya, US Out of Iraq and Afghanistan
    Demonstrations take place across the country
    By ANSWER Coalition
    March 19, 2011

    The report below was published by the ANSWER Coalition. The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a member of ANSWER.

    On March 19, thousands of people took to the streets to demand an end to U.S. war and military intervention abroad and funding for people’s needs at home. Mass demonstrations took place in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other cities across the United States and the world. Below are some initial reports.

    Thousands of people hit the streets in Los Angeles in a spirited, youthful demonstration to stop the wars. Led by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, including active-duty soldiers and marines, the march of well over 4,000 people chanted, “Money for jobs and education, not for wars and occupation!”

    A huge student contingent from high schools and community colleges in Long Beach, Orange County and L.A. participated, along with large numbers from the Muslim community. Speakers included Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic, students, teachers, union leaders and anti-war activists. Chris Shiflet, the lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters, spoke and played a song.

    The ANSWER Coalition initiated the March 19 protest in Los Angeles. Over 100 additional community and progressive organizations endorsed the action.

    San Francisco

    Despite cold, steady rain, 1,800 people marched and hundreds more rallied in San Francisco demanding an end to the wars and occupations around the world and the war on working people here. Speakers at the opening rally condemned the launching of a new war against Libya, which had begun just hours before.

    A strong contingent from UNITE HERE Local 2, the SF hotel workers union, helped lead the march, which ended with a massive picket line in front of the boycotted Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square. The demonstration was organized by the March 19 Coalition, which was initiated by the ANSWER Coalition.

    Over 1,500 people participated in a veterans-led civil resistance action initiated by Veterans for Peace that led to the arrest of 113 people at the White House. The ANSWER Coalition, March Forward! and many other organizations supported the event.

    At the rally in Lafayette Park, Brian Becker, the national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, said: “The U.S. government never tells the people that ‘we’ are going to invade or bomb another country in order to control and exploit its natural resources—especially oil and natural gas—or the labor of the occupied people. That is, of course, the truth. But no mother or father would allow their child to go to war for the crass function of exploitation. The U.S. government always states that each Pentagon invasion or bombing attack is for humanitarian rather than imperial objectives.

    “Today, on the eight anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, the United States, Britain and France are poised to begin a massive bombing of Libya–again, they say, for noble, humanitarian reasons. That is a lie that we must expose. Libya is the largest producer of oil on the African continent and the imperialists want to re-conquer the country and its resources. We, in the ANSWER Coalition, stand against any military action against Libya. The Libyan people, and they alone, must be the masters of their own destiny.”

    Caneisha Mills, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, also addressed Libya in her talk, saying: “The U.S. government claims it will bring democracy and freedom to Libya; these are the same terms used to invade Iraq! After the massive and ongoing slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan we know that is not true!”

    Ryan Endicott, a member of March Forward! and an Iraq war veteran who served in Ramadi, told the crowd: “We know firsthand that our enemy is not the people of Iraq, who for eight years have been struggling to survive a brutal occupation. It is not the people of Afghanistan who for over a decade have been struggling to survive a brutal occupation. The biggest threat to the people of the United States is not thousands of miles away, but hundreds of yards away, right here in the White House, in the Pentagon, on Wall Street. It’s the bankers that take our homes, the CEOs that lay off from our jobs only to take million dollar bonuses.”


    On March 19 in Chicago, 1,000 people marched on Michigan Ave. to demand an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Protesters carried signs that read “No War on Libya!” and “Stand Against War and Racism: Money for Jobs and Education, Not War!” A very popular chant was “End, End the War! Tax, Tax the Rich!”

    The many contingents in the march included Palestine solidarity groups, free Bradley Manning activists, youth and student contingents, many neighborhood peace groups and the ANSWER Chicago contingent, which carried Egyptian and Wisconsin flags, and a banner that read: “From Egypt to Wisconsin to Chicago … : Time to Fight Back!”

    Protests also took place around the country, including in Phoenix, Arizona; Fort Bragg, Fresno, Laguna Hills, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, California; Evergreen, Colorado; New Haven, Connecticut; Daytona Beach, North Miami and Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dubuque and Iowa City, Iowa; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Paul, Minnesota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Keene, New Hampshire; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Highland Park, New Jersey; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Eugene and Portland, Oregon; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Racine, Wisconsin.


  3. Canadian Helicopters to pursue more overseas work

    LuAnn LaSalle

    Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. expects to build on its experience in Afghanistan and bid on other overseas opportunities with the U.S. military as the company continues to diversify its revenue stream.

    Chief executive Don Wall said Wednesday that the company has “provided quotes” on work opportunities in countries in the Afghanistan region, but not in Libya where coalition forces have launched air strikes in an attempt to oust leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    “Given the feedback that Canadian Helicopters has received on Afghanistan, we believe we will be invited to bid on any overseas opportunities that may arise with the U.S. military,” Mr. Wall said during a conference call a day after the company posted a fourth-quarter profit of $4.4-million.

    “We are being made aware of opportunities and have provided quotes outside of Afghanistan, not Libya certainly at this point, but certainly other countries in the Afghan region,” he told analysts.

    Much of the Middle East has seen uprisings and civil strife in recent months.

    Mr. Wall said Canadian Helicopters has been active in Afghanistan since early 2009, providing services to support the U.S. military and the effort is expected to bring total revenues of more than $360-million (U.S.) to the Montreal company.

    “The revenue from our work in Afghanistan has compensated for lingering weakness in our domestic marketplace, which was impacted throughout the year by volume reduction and pricing pressures,” he said of 2010.

    The contracts involve carrying supplies and passengers to forward military operating locations in war-torn Afghanistan and Mr. Wall said Canadian Helicopters will be there for reconstruction efforts.

    “On a post-war basis, we are already working on deployment of aircraft in support of the reconstruction effort that we anticipate.”

    The company currently has 11 aircraft under contract in Afghanistan.

    Mr. Wall said Canadian Helicopters pursued a diversification strategy in 2010 and will continue to seek out other markets for business opportunities.

    In its fourth-quarter financial results released late Tuesday, the company said it earned 33 cents a share, up from $2.7-million (Canadian), or 20 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

    The company saw revenues of $43-million compared to $31.4-million in the year-earlier period, primarily due to contracted work in Afghanistan.

    Revenue was slightly offset by a decrease in customer activity in the oil and gas industry.

    The company also said it’s optimistic about domestic operations in Canada as many economic indicators turn positive, but Mr. Wall noted the recovery in the oil and gas industry is ongoing.

    “The number of missions flown by our aircraft in Canada in 2010 has not returned to pre-recession levels.”

    A recent decision by Ontario’s medical services agency not to exercise its option to extend a contract beyond the end date in 2012 will be used “as an opportunity to pursue other markets,” Mr. Wall said.

    Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. has over 35 base locations across Canada and provides helicopter services to sectors including infrastructure maintenance, utilities, oil and gas, mining, forestry, construction, and emergency medical services.


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