Solicitors will bid to stop Kurd’s deportation threat

IPSWICH: Solicitors acting for an Ipswich teenager’s Kurdish fiance will today meet Home Office officials in a bid to stop him being deported.

Jade Baker, 17, of Alan Road, says her world has been turned upside down since her fiance, Dana Kunawi Mohammed, 23, was served with a removal notice three weeks ago.

He is currently awaiting deportation at a crowded detention centre near Gatwick Airport.

Jade’s father, Nick Baker, said: “We have a solicitor liaising with the Home Office and while there is nothing concrete, we are working as hard as we can on the matter.”

They visited Mr Kunawi Mohammed on Saturday night and he was in good spirits.

“He doesn’t belong in that detention centre, he is a lovely fella and has been trying to build a life here,” said Mr Baker.

“The authorities should not allow these young men to stay for so long in the first place because it is obvious that the longer they are here they will meet girls and become part of the community. It is then unfair for them to be deported.”

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Jade, a childcare student at Suffolk New College, said: “I’m devastated by what’s happened and miss him so much.

“We’re trying to get him bailed, but he’s currently sat in a room with 16 other people waiting to be flown home – he’s trying to remain chirpy even though he’s in complete limbo.”

Mr Kunawi Mohammed came to the UK from Kurdistan five years ago to seek asylum and lived in various cities before settling in Ipswich.

The Home Office was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Evening Star.

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