Dear Mr. McNulty,
Weldemichael Dob: 05/12/1988 Eritrea, Ref: W1078903
We are writing to urge you to reverse the decision to send Mr Amaniel
Weldemichael to Italy.
We understand that Mr Weldemichael fled Eritrea aged 15 to escape
conscription. As a network of men supporting the Global Women’s Strike’s
demand “to invest in caring and not killing”, we fully support his
courageous action. We do not think that young people should be forced
into the military of a dictatorship like the one in power in Eritrea, to
repress fellow citizens or engage in wars against neighbouring countries.
We were shocked to learn that the Home Office decided that Amaniel should
be removed from the UK this Wednesday 22 March because the Home Office
Third Country Unit considers that he absconded.
At no time did Amaniel or his carer fail to inform his legal
representative of his whereabouts. They acted properly at all times.
find it astounding that the failure of the solicitors then acting for
Amaniel, Howe and Co, to inform the Home Office of his and his foster
carers’ change of address can be cited as reason for the Home Office to
maintain that for the purposes of the Dublin II regulation Amaniel
How can a minor who is under the care of a foster family, the Local
Authority and the Asylum Team (who know his whereabouts at all times), and
whose carers take all reasonable steps to inform the Home Office of his
change of address, be considered responsible for the failings of a firm of
It is clear that by any normal understanding of the term Amaniel did not
“abscond”. If the Home Office does not reverse its decision then as we
understand the issue he will become the victim of an incompetent
solicitor. Where is the justice in this decision? How does this decision
contribute to “building a safe, just and tolerant society”?
Amaniel has put down roots in our community. His is loved and cared for by
his foster family, and is doing exceptionally well in his college courses,
which end in just three months.
The decision of the Home Office is unjust and against Amaniel’s human
rights. It punishes a child for what we understand to be the incompetence
of a UK solicitor. We urge you to reverse this decision.
Please notify the campaign of
any Faxes/emails sent:
Amaniel Must Stay
C/o "Sean Offord"
East Norfolk Sixth Form College
Norfolk NR31 7BQ.
Tel 01493 662234 ext 305