24 year old Moses from Zimbabwe is facing deportation to Harare tonight at 9pm on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET701. We’re hoping his lawyer will be able to stop the flight but Moses urgently needs your help.
Moses was detained in August when going to report. Since settling in Glasgow in 2009, Moses has become an active and much loved member of his community.
Moses has played for the semi- professional rugby team Cartha Queen’s Park since 2009 after meeting their coach whilst playing in a youth league in Govanhill, as well as playing with the Glasgow Falcons basketball team. Members of his team have started petitions and last Saturday posed at the match with a banner saying ‘Moses belongs to Cartha’.
Moses started college in 2009, studying for an HNC in computing, where he met his girlfriend, Annie*, who is now training to be a nurse. Moses wanted to continue studying computing science at university but couldn’t because of his immigration status. Despite this setback, Moses has made a life for himself in Glasgow; as a devoted member of his congregation; the Glasgow Living Waters Church, as a keen sportsman, and a volunteer at the Glasgow African Caribbean Centre.
Moses came to the UK in 2008 to receive have a corneal transplant. He’s had the operation on one eye but is still waiting to get one on his other. Since being in detention he has been getting problems in the eye that has been operated on while the sight in his other eye is declining.
He claimed asylum following the escalations in violence during the elections in 2008, described by Amnesty International as an “unprecedented wave of state-sponsored human rights violations”, and the collapse in public health and service provision, which left over five million Zimbabweans were in need of food aid by the end of the year.
Although there have been some improvements in the last five years, this year’s elections show that Zimbabwe is still a dangerous and volatile. It is unclear if the situation will worsen, but with threats of further sanctions from Europe and fears that the country is on the brink of a new political crisis, it is clearly not a safe country to force people to return to. According to the BBC, not only are political strife and repression commonplace, but “poverty and unemployment are endemic”. Moses has lost contact with his family in Zimbabwe, and does not have any social links or support networks there – if he was forced to return he would be totally alone in a dangerous country with no means of supporting himself.
Moses’ health has deteriorated since being detained as he has been denied access to the treatment he needs following his corneal transplant. He needs to see his consultant but the Home Office have refused to release his from detention to attend appointments. The doctors in the detention centre have been unable to provide the specialist treatment he needs, and if the situation continues, Moses risks losing his sight.
His life is at risk in Zimbabwe, where he faces not only the danger of being persecuted by government forces, but also the threat of generalised insecurity and crippling poverty in the country, and his health will also be threatened by the lack of medical treatment available for his condition.
Moses really needs you to phone Ethiopian Airlines to ask them not to fly him tonight:
Phone: 020 8745 4234 and 020 8745 4235
Fax: 020 7747 9339 and 020 8745 7936
Email: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure to quote Moses’ Home Office reference letter (MOSES MAZOMBA HO Ref M1353666) in all of your correspondence and please contact Unity to let them know you are taking action on behalf of Moses.
* Annie is not her real name.