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Attempted Suicide By Iranian Asylum Seeker

Debbie Grue • September 3, 2003

Dear comrades at the Blanket,

I send below details regarding the attempted suicide of Israfel. There are alarming numbers of destitute asylum seekers in Britain. Regulalry, the papers carry tiny articles of suicides from asylum seekers, who have no other way out of their predicament.

Keep up the good work. Thanks to you I am trying to keep up to date with events in Ireland.

Debbie Grue


We are horrified by the hidden plight of Iranian asylum seekers in this country, now made so visible by the shocking suicide attempt of the young homeless man Israfel who set fire to himself in Manchester last week. Israfel, who suffers from a serious medical condition, has been refused medical treatment, housing, benefits and the right to work for over a year. He fled Iran several years ago to escape political persecution and before the incident last week he told his friend he was terrified of being sent back to Iran and had lost all hope of a decent existence in Britain. He is now in intensive care at Wythenshawe Hospital suffering from 70 degree burns.

We understand that there are many other Iranians who are destitute and living in fear of deportation in this country and we demand that local politicians meet with the Iranian Asylum Seeking and Refugee community in Greater Manchester to discuss this situation and take measures to prevent similar tragedies taking place in the future.

NOTE: Many others Iranian Asylum Seekers are in a similar destitue situation and considering similar action - we want to prevent this. If you can help and support this statement, in particular people with positions in Unions, Political Groups, community groups, and faith groups, to put pressure on MPs like Hazel Blears (the MP for where Israfel last had a home), please either post to MCDAS [400 Cheetham Hill Rd Manchester M8 9LE] or email to Margaret Manning ASAP.
























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