Excelling Leeds Student Fears Execution
Leeds City College acting student and refugee, Hossein Ahmadi, is fearing for his life after the Home Office ruled it safe for him to return to Iran.
The 17 year old fled his home country in 2015 and lived in the Dunkirk refugee camp for almost 11 months, where he survived harsh conditions, including many arrests and beatings from both police and smugglers.
Hossein gained access to a refrigerated lorry bound for England, and made the journey in -20 degree temperatures.
He said: “My father was murdered by the government for his political beliefs when I was a young child, my brother was arrested by armed men who broke into our home and I’ve not heard from him since. “I don’t even know if my mum is still alive. I miss her and want to find her but I can’t go home because the government will either execute me or put me in prison.”
Hossein is currently living with foster carers and is excelling at college, where he was awarded the prestigious Student of the Year accolade in his first year.
His teacher, Laura Kayes, said: “Hossein is a valued member of the college student body and the city of Leeds. He participates fully, gratefully and dynamically in every opportunity offered both within college and the local community, and conducts himself with eternal optimism and warmth for those around him. It is imperative that he is allowed to stay where he is valued, and most importantly, safe.”
Laura has set up a petition that has received thousands of signatures.
Hossein’s hearing will be taking place on 4 December in Bradford, where a decision will be made.
Hossein’s petition can be found here https://www.change.org/p/home-office-grant-hossein-lawful-residency-in-the-united-kingdom
Excelling Leeds Student Fears Execution, 27th November 2018, 15:08 PM