This is Samin.
He’s a 22 year old Afghan boy who lived with a host family in Kent. He loves their cat, Ted, who slept on his bed every night, until last month, when his worst nightmare came true.
A couple of weeks ago (on the 26th August), I shared a petition about Samin on our Facebook page because he was suddenly, and very shockingly, taken into custody whilst going for his monthly signing at the immigration office in London Bridge.
Despite us all fighting for him, he was deported as far as Istanbul (Turkey - where I am now), then, on the 12th September he was given just four hours notice before being rushed onto a night flight to Kabul, Afghanistan.
This was probably to ensure his supporters (you guys) didn’t have enough time to protest his removal, like we did on the 26th August.
Samin was gagged and restrained on the flight so he couldn’t alert the other passengers that he was being deported to his death.
Samin’s solicitor had successfully requested a High Court injunction to stop the deportation, so he SHOULD have been returned to the UK from Istanbul, but the Home Office made the shocking move to fly him to Kabul anyway.
There, he spent four days in hiding, in terror for his life.
Meanwhile the UK government ignored three further court orders to send him back to the UK, until the fourth time round, when the order was finally accepted.
FINALLY he is back home with his host family in Kent, and reunited with Ted the cat.
Both Samin and Ted are over the moon!
The fight is not quite over though and you can find a petition for Samin on today’s FB post, to ensure he gets a full hearing and asylum in the UK.
THANK YOU ALL for signing and sharing the petition already, sharing these stories and posts and caring about the future of Samin and others like him.
Together we have proved that miracles do happen. We have already changed his fate through the power of this amazing community, and Samin is overwhelmed by how much people care.
This story represents what we can do when we come together to stand up for what we believe in, and I hope it inspires you all to continue to do so!
Welcome Home Samin!