Arras Abdullah Ali and Marewan Mohmaud are Kurdish musicians who fled Iraq in
2000. They were persecuted under the regime of Saddam Hussein because they
promoted the Kurdish culture through their music.
When they arrived in the UK, they were both dispersed to Glasgow and there they
formed the band 'Newroz' with three other Kurdish musicians.
The people of Scotland have given them a warm welcome and their music is known
and loved across the region. 'Newroz' have performed at local festivals and have
even recorded for BBC Radio Scotland.
Three members of the band have been granted indefinite leave to remain, but
Arras and Marewan have been refused asylum and now face removal. They know that
even in today's Iraq, life as a Kurdish musician will not be a safe option.
Their friends and supporters are asking Des Browne, the Minister for Immigration,
to look with compassion on the cases of two young men who have already
contributed so much to their local community and will continue to do so if
allowed to remain in safety.
What you can do to help
Fax/write to Des Browne, Minister for Immigration, using the model letter
below, which you can copy/amend/write your own, requesting that Arras
Abdullah Ali and Marewan Mohmaud are allowed to remain in the UK.
Fax No : 020 7273 2043, from outside the UK + 44 20 7273 2043
Or write to:
Minister for Immigration
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AT
Please notify the campaign of anything sent:
Re: Arras Abdullah Ali. HO: Ref: DVE/
Marewan Mohmaud. HO: Ref: DVE/ 97748 M1080661
I have made myself familiar with the case of Arras Abdullah
Ali & Marewan Mohmaud, Kurdish musicians from Iraq who have lived in Glasgow for
over 4 years, and I am writing to ask that you look again at their applications
to remain in Britain.
Arras and Marewan left their cities in Iraq in 2000, where
being an active musician playing and promoting Kurdish music and culture became
too dangerous. Many Iraqi musicians were persecuted by the Saddam regime.
After meeting in Dover, Arras and Marewan were both dispersed to Glasgow, where
they formed the band Newroz, playing traditional Kurdish music. The band
involves three other Kurdish musicians who have all been granted protection.
With Newroz, Arras and Marewan have performed dance music
extensively across Scotland in the last four years, building a highly
enthusiastic following, and bringing together Scottish and refugee communities
at events such as the North Glasgow International Festival in Sighthill and
during the annual Refugee Week in Scotland. They have also played at the Glasgow
Mela, Celtic Connections, Traquair Fair, countless community concerts, and have
recorded a session for BBC Radio Scotland. In addition to performing as Newroz,
they have been supporting local Kurdish children, teaching and performing
traditional songs, holding workshops on Kurdish culture with Glasgow Youth
Theatres and taken part in a symposium at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music &
the uncertainty of their situation, Arras and Marewan have spent the last four
years putting down roots in Scotland. They have made many friends. They feel at
home in Glasgow, part of the community, and they want to settle, to live and to
continue their work here. Life as a Kurdish musician is still not a realistic
option in today’s Iraq.
Please look again at Arras and Marewan’s cases and consider
granting them leave to remain in the UK. They have received such a warm welcome
from people in Scotland, and have contributed so much already. It would be a
great loss if they were forced to leave.