Support Ali's Legal Funds #FreeAli

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We are a group of dedicated Goldsmiths students, friends, and family of Ali Rashid Nur from London who are banding together to ask for your support and contributions. We are raising  money to cover the legal costs for the gruelling procedure of taking his case to court to stop him from being deported.

Ali is a Somali Bajuni refugee who has lived in the UK since 1998 when he came here to escape the civil war in Somalia. He has a family here in the UK including a 10 month old baby boy as well as two daughters, 15 and 16 years old. He is an active member of his local communities who is well known and loved. Though based in Edgware, London, he has previously come to speak at Goldsmiths in South East London for a society event and was hoping to be involved in the future. 

Currently, he is being unlawfully detined by the Home Office, who are trying to deport him to Tanzania - a country he has no connection with. If he is deported to Tanzania, where he has no family or connections, he will be left destitute. Ali is also Bajuni - a persecuted minority - which means his life is at risk.

The hostile environment of the Home Office, and indeed this country, is rearing it head with the Windrush generation scandal and hundreds of cases like Ali's. Ali has been treated awfully by the Home Office, who have previously even tried to deport him to Kenya and Jamaica. However, all hope is not lost! With the help of 3000+ who signed the petition, tweets, phonecalls, and protests within Heathrow, we managed to stop his deportation.

Ali has been so grateful for everyone's support. But Ali is still currently being held at Colnbrook detention centre and could be facing deportation at any time.

We are currently working with a new legal firm on Ali's case. However, every case comes with its costs - if not the solicitor, then from the courts or the Home Office - and unfortunately Ali hardly has any the money at his disposal. (The Home Office has left Ali without permission to work.) With your help again, through your donations, we can secure good legal representation to build a solid case for Ali, so that he is able to stay here in the UK with his family and friends - where he belongs.

Help us to #FreeAli !

Solicitor fees (e.g. to submit appeal) - £600 (+ then some)
Court fees - £380
Admin fees (e.g. fax, registered mail) -  £30
Personal fees for basic necessities* (food, clothes, top up, transport)  -  £300

*now that he is in Tanzania

All money will be withdrawn into a campaign team member's bank account and transferred directly to the relevant people with invoices and receipts made available. 

***Many of us on the campaign team are students and/or have little income ourselves, so we understand there may be financial restrictions. Don't worry about the amount you donate. Every £1 or £10 helps go a long way!***

See the original petition:
You can also contact us if you know any charities or NGOs that may be able to help us out!

Fiona, 21, Goldsmiths Uniersity, on behalf of the family and friends of Ali
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On the evening of Sunday 13th May, Ali was abducted from Colnbrook detention centre in secret. We were given no warning and his was phone taken away by officers. He was not allowed to call his solicitor and bundled onto a Kenya Airways flight to Tanzania via Kenya.

On the flight and on arrival Ali suffered physical and psychological assault, including his eyes being gouged and a heavy beating by the Home Office privately contracted MITIE security staff.

On arrival Ali was dropped off with no ID, papers, or documents - despite the Home Office deporting him to Tanzania on the basis he was 'Abdillahi Ali Juma'. This infuriated Tanzanian officials who complained he was not a national of the country.

Ali was then detained in Tanzania where he suffered further beating in the back of a van leaving his head swollen and arm nearly broken. Tanzanian officials then moved Ali to Zanzibar (an semi-autonomous island off Tanzania) where he was badly beaten and narrowly escaped being sent to a certain death on an electric chair. 

Luckily with help at the last moment, we managed to get Ali bailed and removed from the prison where he is recovering with a local supporter. 

The Home Office is complicit. Ali has been tortured by state services of the UK and Tanzania governments.


Join us in solidarity TODAY Wednesday 16 May at the Home Office HQ (2 Marsham Street, Westminster) at 3:30pm to demand an end to the hostile environment - the murderous, violent, racist environment. 

Let us demand an end to racist deportations and abuse by the Home Office! 


See more info below:

Change.Org petition: https://www.change.org/p/home-office-ali-is-a-somali-refugee-stop-the-home-office-deporting-him-to-tanzania-freeali/u/22752118

Ali and his two eldest children:
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Just yesterday Ali was ABDUCTED suddenly from Colnbrook Detention Centre and escorted by SIX guards to Heathrow. We received a warning that he was going to be deported less than an hour before the flight was due to leave by a guard. THEY TOOK ALI’S PHONE AND WOULD NOT LET HIM SPEAK.

He RESISTED for an hour but shamefully the pilot still flew the plane against his will. They have sent him to Zanzibar, an autonomous region of Tanzania where he is now not only DESTITUTE but DETAINED in a prison with NO legal representation.

We are trying to still submit an APPEAL from the U.K. to get him back, but it costs £380 ALONE. Your generous DONATIONS are more important than ever! Every last penny counts!

Ali needs to be returned to his children, his sister, his friends and family. Ali needs his family and his family need him.
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