Lonely Matt pines for Ipswich home

ASYLUM seeker Naematullah Rahmati is today reunited with the sister he had not seen since leaving Afghanistan around six years ago.But even though he is pleased to have found his older sister, he is still determined to return to Ipswich - and his wife Tanya Barroso - as soon as possible.

ASYLUM seeker Naematullah Rahmati is today reunited with the sister he had not seen since leaving Afghanistan around six years ago.

But even though he is pleased to have found his older sister, he is still determined to return to Ipswich - and his wife Tanya Barroso - as soon as possible.

The 22-year-old, known as Matt, was deported from Britain back to Afghanistan last month.

He first arrived in Felixstowe aged 15 having fled Afghanistan where the Taliban had tried to conscript him and had executed his father.

He is now staying in Kabul with his older sister Hamida, her husband Abbas, and their two children aged around seven and nine.

But he said his mother and other family members, who are in Pakistan, do not even know he is in Afghanistan.

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Mr Rahmati said: “I was here with some friends for a week and them I started looking for my sister.

“I am staying with my sister at the moment for a few weeks. As soon as I have managed to sort my visa out, I want to move out because I don't want to stay here forever.

“My sister's husband has got some friends in Dubai and in Dubai I can give them my papers and stay there for a bit and then maybe get a visa to England.

“One of my hopes, in coming to Afghanistan, was that at least I could see my sister. I am pleased, but I am also sad because I am not here for a holiday - they have sent me here.

“Without my sister, I would be in the middle of nowhere. I am already devastated, but that would be even worse.”

As recently reported in The Evening Star, Mr Rahmati is to apply for a temporary visa to Dubai from where he can submit an application to return to Britain as an economic migrant.

He said: “I miss my wife quite a lot. I speak with her all the time. She calls me almost every day and wants me home every day. But I can't do anything about it.

“I don't like one minute of it here. I want to be back home where my life is.

“I just want to be back home with Tanya and her family and everyone. I am still quite lonely.

“I would like people to keep hoping and supporting me - that would be nice.”

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