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Reverse deportation decision now

21 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA has appealed to the Home Office to prevent the deportation of mother and baby to Cameroon.

She said;

"Lordorice Djountso arrived in Belfast in August 2005. Already pregnant, her daughter Imelda was born here in early 2006. She fled from her home in Cameroon following her brutal rape and the murder of her brothers as part of a bitter dispute with a powerful local chief. She was forced to leave her partner behind, who was also attacked and has subsequently disappeared.

"Following an unsuccessful claim for asylum, Lordorice and her daughter were picked up by Immigration Officers and have now been imprisoned in detention for two months awaiting deportation. At the time of her detention Lordorice was receiving treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Since being in detention she has received no treatment at all for this condition.

"Lawyers acting on behalf of the mother and child took the case all the way to the Court of Appeal but were unable to prevent the Removal Order. Lordorice and her daughter are due to be deported to Cameroon on 23rd May 2007.

"I appeal to the Home Office to halt Wednesday's deportation until there can be a full review of the case. Lordorice is a hard working community activist and a welcome addition to the community. I give my full support to this campaign." ENDS

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