I just stumbled upon an appalling piece of news. The Home Office wants to deport a severely disabled five-year old girl.
Brief background . . . she is half-blind, has epilepsy and quadraplegic cerebral palsy. She came to the UK from Algeria on a six-month visa to give her mother a break and seek treatment for her condition but because of the seriousness of her condition, she was allowed to extend her stay in order to receive further treatment. She has been staying with her aunt and uncle who apparently want to adopt her. Now I don’t know the circumstances regarding her birth parents but I do know there is still a lot of stigma attached to epilepsy in Algeria so although we can all speculate, t’is sufficeth to say, mothers will do anything to protect their child.
The little girl is doing really well in our compassionate country and we should be proud of that. She has overcome many difficulties and is responding well to treatment. And she is attending mainstream school which is remarkable in itself. Her family here are dedicated to her but if she is sent back to her home country, there is a very real possibility that she will not survive.
I know the morally-challenged hard-faces at the Daily Fail and readers thereof will be sneering and accusing her family of nothing more than trying to get free NHS treatment but even if that’s true, so what? So bloody what? Again, what loving parent wouldn’t move mountains to improve the quality of their child’s life?
Basically, not only is the poor girl fighting a life-threatening condition but she is now facing deportation to a country that a) doesn’t have the means to treat her condition and b) still widely believes that epileptic fits are caused by demonic possession.
Deporting this child would be cruel and shameful. And the stupidly frustrating thing is, it’s just not necessary. Please sign the petition here and urge the dreadful Theresa May to reconsider her ruthless decision to deport little Rania.