Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Insight: the hell of the asylum seeker
The Azerbaijani gay asylum seeker Babi Badalov last week sent out a plea to friends reflecting his appalling situation, caught in the fifth richest country in the world, between destitution and possible honor killing (actually more than possible, his relatives have already made threats). A situation which the Home Office, backed by the Daily Mail etc. considers 'civilised'.
Babi is currently trying to get his case reviewed having been turned down on the basis that he can be 'discreet' once he's 'sent back' (a passive way of describing what will actually happen to this remarkable artist). This is Labour. This is the direction they give to so-called 'independent' judges in asylum cases. Tell them they can be 'discreet'. One face to foreign gay people, another to British ones. 'Be open'/be discreet'. What is it Labour?
I'm sharing this plea from the heart to cut through the chaff and get to the heart of the matter. Jacqui Smith and our government are perfectly content to effectively torture tens of thousands of such people, gay and straight, old and young, in our name.
Well, not in mine.
The Nigerian gay preacher which Babi refers to is the gay Nigerian Anglican church rebel Davis Mac-Iyalla who - indeed - was granted asylum in record time. Good on Davis, but it stinks of hypocrisy.
Yes, it is capitalised and - in the original - in large text. AKA screaming.
HELL-OO HOMEOFFICBASHI JACKGUI SMITH HEAD UNITED KINGDOME MINISTRY INTERNAL AFFAIRS
I AM TIRED TIRED OF PAIN YOU GIVING ME
IT WAS 47 years ENOUGH PAIN HORROW LIFE FOR ME BACK IN MY COUNTRY
A NOW YOU MORALLY TORTURING ME
FOR 2 YEARS
HOW MUCH I SHOULD CONTINIE LIVE WORRY SCARY LIFE HERE
EVERYDAY I AM INTO FEAR
EVERYDAY I AM UNHAPPY WITH HAPPY LIFE AROUND ME
EVERYDAY I HAVE FEAR OF POST MAN WILL DELIVER TERRIBLE NEWS LETTER TO ME FROM HOME OFFICE
EVERY TUESDAY I GO SIGNING I FEEL I WILL GET HEART ATTACK
MY KNEES ARMS FEEL LIKE ELECKTRICAL SHOCK
I AM TERRIBLE AFFRAID THEY WILL DETAINE ME
WHERE I AHVE BEEN ALREADY 32 DAYS IN 4 DIFFERENT DETENTION CENTER AND THEY KEEP ME 3DAYS MORE AGINST LAW DUE TRANSPORT DIDNT COME
YOU GRANTED NIGERRIAN GAY PREACHER IN RECORD TIME
HE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ME
YOU MAKE SOME VERY HAPPY SOME KEEP UNHAPPY INTO WORRY FEAR
HELLO MISS SMITH
DO YOU NOW THAT I AM 49YEARS OLD
I HAVE NOT STRONG HEALTH AND WEAK HEART
DO YOU WANT ME DIED HERE?
I VERY HATE THIS INJUSTIC WORLD!!!
Home Office email (always note Babi's Home Office reference number: B1234623)
Any support will go on Babi's case file.