Please spare a few minutes and support this campaign and stop Ahmed from being detained.
A 27 year old Somalian man Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed was detained last Friday morning when he went to report at the UKBA reporting centre in Glasgow. He is now facing removal directions for Monday 11th June on Qatar Airways flight QR2 to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania at 21.30 hours.
Ahmed is from the Bajuni islands off the southcoast of Somalia where he lived until he fled with his mother when he was aged 7, after having witnessed Al-Shabaab soldiers raiding his home looking for money, and shooting his father in the chest and killing him.
Ahmed was also one of several men made homeless by the Y-People charity two weeks ago when he returned home to his flat in Toryglen to find his locks had been changed without warning after he had been to report at the UKBA on Brand Street. Since being forced to leave his home he has been staying with a friend in Govan and trying to put his life back together.
After his father was killed, Ahmed became a refugee and lived precariously for most of his adolescence in different refugee camps. In 2005, when he was 20, an agent arranged a fake visa for him to come to the UK under a Tanzanian identity (under the name Bakari Khamis Ali) and in this way escape a dangerous and futureless existence in the overcrowded refugee camps and create more distance between himself and the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, keen to force young men such as Ahmed into their ranks.
The UKBA have refused his asylum case due to his earlier use of a fake visa and the results of highly controversial dialect analysis.
Most of his family are dead or missing, but Ahmed has recently discovered that he has an elder sister living in England who has a British passport and has lived in the UK for ten years. Ahmed was waiting for arrangements to be made for DNA analysis to prove he has been telling the truth about his identity when he was detained.
Ahmed has made important and valuable contributions in his local community in Govan, Glasgow, and is well known and loved by many people there.
Here are the details which you can use to contact some of the authorities and contribute towards Ahmed’s future.
1. Contact for Home Secretary
Please make sure to quote Ahmed’s Home Office reference number A1393864.
Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1 4DF
email – copy to all these addresses:
2. Contact for Qatar Airways
Please make sure to quote the flight details which are Flight QR2 to Dar Es Sallam, 21.30hrs 11 June.
3rd Floor, Victoria Buildings
1-7 Princess Street
Manchester, M2 4DF
Telephone: 0844 846 8380
Fax: 0161 838 5398
This email might get through to customer services, although we haven’t verified it yet: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact Qatar Airways via Facebook and Twitter @qatarairways
In the past, targeting the airline right to the last moment has been quite effective; they don’t want to lose potential customers nor significantly stain their reputations. Phoning the airline and politely expressing your serious concern and disagreement with this deportation can be very helpful.
Write to the politicians, expressing your concern and get them to take notice!!! You can find out who your local MPs, MSPs and MEPs are, as well as get there emails addresses, by entering your postcode on www.writetothem.org
Here are some templates of the letters that can be sent to these people.
Template letter to the Airways: AhmedAbdullahtemplateQAirways
Template letter to UKBA: AhmedAbdullahtemplateUKBA