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A HAPPY ending today dawns on the story of asylum seeker Naematullah 'Matt' Rahmati.Mr Rahmati is back home in Ipswich with his wife Tanya after being forced out of the country by immigration officers in August.
A HAPPY ending today dawns on the story of asylum seeker Naematullah 'Matt' Rahmati.
Mr Rahmati is back home in Ipswich with his wife Tanya after being forced out of the country by immigration officers in August.
The 22-year-old has since battled with officials in his home country of Afghanistan and the visa office in New Dehli, India, to be allowed to return to England - the home he fled to as a 15-year-old in fear of the Taliban.
And he finally got the happy ending he craved when his plane touched down at Heathrow airport on Saturday .
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His arrival was due to be a day earlier but confusion with registration procedures in New Delhi meant his return was put back a day.
Mr Rahmati, known as Matt, said: “I'm so happy I can't describe it.
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“I've always thought one day I would get back home. Without that hope I don't know how I would have got through.
“I've always been worried about everything which could go wrong but thinking that one day I'd be home has always been in my thoughts. I wouldn't give up.
“My lowest moment was when I was in India. I had to try and overcome the boredom of not being able to work and not knowing everyone. I spent a lot of time cooped up in my hotel room watching television and wishing the time away.
“Being back is still quite overwhelming. Lots of people are jumping around at me and the telephone hasn't stopped ringing.
“Now I just want to settle and do all the things I haven't been able to for the last three months. I want to catch up with my life.
“First I want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me. I've been amazed by the public support.”
Mr Rahmati is temporarily living with his wife at her mother Karen Barroso's house in Melbourne Road as they prepare to move back into their Victoria Street home.
He is returning to work as a mechanic at H & F Autos, St Helens Street, tomorrow after on-going support from his boss Marcello Di Franco.
While Mr Rahmati has been away, he has spoken to his wife three times a day on the telephone.
He has returned on a spouse's visa which lasts for two years and he can then apply for a permanent visa.
Mrs Rahmati said: “We aren't thinking that far ahead yet.
“We are just concentrating on now and getting back to normal.
“I've felt lost for three months and it's like part of me has come home. I'm hardly letting him out of my sight.
“The past three months have been really hard, especially the last couple of weeks. It's been like we've been taking one step forward and 10 back.”
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