Mother and daughter detained

Will Astbury

Members of Manchester-based human rights organisation are appealing for support in their campaign to prevent the deportation of a 16-year-old girl and her mother.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers Participatory Action Research, aka RAPAR, want you to help it stop Arezoo and her mother Marjan from being deported.

The mother and daughter fled Iran two years ago after Arezoo’s father disappeared without explanation. To this day Marjan and her daughter still don’t know what has happened to him.

Upon arriving in the UK the pair tried to claim asylum but the Home Office has rejected but their attempts as it does not accept that their lives would be in great danger if they returned to Iran. The pair were then detained in the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, just outside Bedford.

Arezoo and Marjan were due to be deported on 10 September 2009. Five hours before they were due to be put on a flight to Iran, Marjan, terrified beyond words, did the only thing she felt she could to protect her daughter which was taking so many tablets that she lost consciousness.

RAPAR caseworkers spoke with Arezoo and reached her lawyer in time for the lawyer to stop the deportation on medical grounds. The mother and daughter are still at the Yarl’s Wood centre.

The reason Arezoo and her mother found RAPAR is because, over the last few months, RAPAR has been heavily involved in enabling Iranian people in Manchester to develop a Persian Society.

This society has grown in response to the turmoil in Iran, which most of us have seen depicted in TV news reports. The unrest and instability in their country is affecting Iranian people here in Manchester in many distressing ways.

RAPAR is asking for public support and involvement in order to enable it to continue this vital work.

Manchester Mouth is asking people to send messages of support to Arezoo and Marjan via RAPAR to

Please contact RAPAR at 0161 834 8221 or on 07776264646 for more information on its work.


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