Sarah Hata must stay

Stop these deportations

Over 100 school children took part in a rally last Saturday 5th November 2005 to demand five of their class-mates are brought back from Uganda.

Sarah Hata and her children - Dennis, Hope, Maureen, Peace and Moris - were taken from their home in Wigan, detained, forcefully taken to three planes within 48 hours and finally, without warning, removed to Uganda on the 26th October 2005. 

Councillors and teachers joined pupils from St Thomas More RC High School and St. Cuthbert's Primary School as read they out letters they have written to Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and sang "Give Peace a Chance".  They demanded that the Hata family are returned to their home in Wigan from Uganda whilst their solicitor continues to make representations on their behalf.

"Peace Kasonko [Sarah's 11 year old daughter] is in the same class as my ten year old daughter" explained Ruth Fisher, one of the many who is campaigning for the family's return. "My daughter and her friends are devastated by Peace's "disappearance". As elected Chair of Governors at the primary school that these children attend, I can perhaps voice the distress and confusion that staff and children are experiencing over this family's removal from our midst"
Sarah and the children were taken from Yarl's Wood Removal Centre just hours after being seen by her doctor, Dr. Frank Arnold MB ChB FRCS, who said "The entire family show signs of post traumatic stress disorder and are not fit to be removed from the UK"

Sarah arrived in the UK in 2002. She says she was imprisoned for 5 years in Uganda, during which time she was tortured and raped - she has visible scars.

As a result of what she experienced in Uganda, Sarah has been continuously receiving treatment for psychological problems.  However, no medical report concerning her scars of torture was used in Sarah's asylum case before she was removed from the UK.  Having examined Sarah, Dr Arnold confirmed that "Sarah Hata has scars of torture".

Describing the multiple removal attempts on the family, Dr Arnold explained "The children were terrified and the youngest boy had an epileptic fit on the airplane while an attempt was being made to remove them from this country.  He was suffering from severe pain in his chest and back from a forceful and inappropriate attempt to revive him.  During his epileptic fit his mother was prevented from going to help him and his sister was injured by her head being forced under the food tray attached to the seat in front of her".  He also explained "No attempt was made to protect them from malaria before they were returned and as I understand, Sarah and several of her children now have malaria".

It seems the family have suffered not just at the hands of the Ugandan authorities, but also by the UK authorities.

The entire family integrated very successfully into the community in Wigan and made many friends. Sarah was a student at the local FE college. The children all did well in their local schools. Dennis (15), Hope (14) and Maureen (13) attended St Thomas More RC High School. The entire school have expressed their whole-hearted support for the return of the children. Peace (11) attended St. Cuthbert's Primary school with her brother Morris (9), where she was recently voted House Captain by pupils and staff, who have been devastated by their disappearance.  Dennis and Moris were altar boys at St. Cuthbert’s church.

The community that so cherished this family are sad and angry. They are appalled by the way this loving, caring family were treated in detention and sustained injury during removal attempts. They now just want them all to come home.

 

How you can help ;


The Friends of Sarah Campaign have set up a writing and Petition campaign to persuade Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, to bring the Hata family back to Wigan.


The campaign has drawn up a Model Letter (below) which you could copy/amend, or better still, write your own version with your own comments (please quote Sarah's Home Office ref. no.; H 1096194).


The campaign is asking everyone to make copies of and sign the Petition and Model Letter, and get as many other people as possible to do the same, and return them to the campaign at the below address.

 

Friends of Sarah Campaign

St. Cuthbert's House

Larch Avenue

Pemberton

Wigan

WN5 9QN

 

Model letter

Dear Mr. Charles Clarke,

Sarah Hata and Family : Home Office Reference: H1096194

I have made myself familiar with this case, and request that you look sympathetically on representations the family's solicitor is making, and urgently effect the return of the family to their home in Wigan.

Sarah Hata and her five children were taken from their home, detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, forcefully taken to three planes within 48 hours and finally, without warning, were removed to Uganda on Wednesday 26th October.  This was just hours after being seen by her doctor, Dr. Frank Arnold MB ChB FRCS, who said "The entire family show signs of post traumatic stress disorder and are not fit to be removed from the UK”

Sarah arrived in this country in December 2002 from Uganda where she says she was imprisoned for five years, during which time she was frequently physically assaulted, tortured, and raped. Sarah was stabbed and suffered internal injuries, burns and scars to her body, many of which are still visible.

As a result of what she experienced in Uganda, Sarah has been continuously receiving treatment for psychological problems in Wigan.  Dr Arnold confirmed “I have seen a report from a consultant psychiatrist which states that she is suffering post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experience in detention in Uganda”

However, no medical report concerning her scars of torture was used in Sarah's asylum case before she was removed from the UK.  Having examined Sarah, Dr Arnold confirmed "Sarah Hata has scars of torture"

Describing the multiple removal attempts on the family, Dr Arnold explained “The children were terrified and the youngest boy had an epileptic fit on the airplane while an attempt was being made to remove them from this country.  He was suffering from severe pain in his chest and back from a forceful and inappropriate attempt to revive him.  During his epileptic fit his mother was prevented from going to help him and his sister was injured by her head being forced under the food tray attached to the seat in front of her”

Dr Arnold said that “I last saw them at 8pm on Tuesday 25th October and understand they were taken without warning some five hours later.  No attempt was made to protect them from malaria before they were returned and as I understand, Sarah and several of her children now have malaria”

It seems that the family have suffered not just at the hands of the Ugandan authorities, but also by the UK authorities.

The entire family have integrated very successfully into the community and have made many friends. Sarah is a student at the local FE college. The children have all been doing well in their studies at local schools and are much loved in the community. Sarah‚s two sons, Denis (15) and Morris (9) are very highly thought of at St. Cuthbert‚s church where they are altar boys.

Sarah's three eldest children Dennis, Hope (14) and Maureen (13) attended St Thomas More RC High School where the teachers say they are a pleasure to teach and an example to all the school's pupils. The entire school have expressed their whole-hearted support for the return of the children. 

Peace (11) attended St. Cuthbert‚s Primary school with her brother Morris, where she was recently voted House Captain by pupils and staff. Both staff and pupils have been devastated by their disappearance.

The community that so cherished this family are sad and angry. They are appalled by the way this loving, caring family were treated in detention and sustained injury during removal attempts. They now just want them all to come home.

I urge you to order the Hata family to be brought back to the UK whilst their solicitor continues to make representations on their behalf.

Signed             ………………………………………………………………………………….

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