Home Office Planning To Deport Severely Disabled Rania, 5


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25th May, 2011 at 1:42 pm    

This is a guest post by Sarah of Same Difference

I read a heartbreaking story yesterday. There are plans to deport a five year old girl back to Algeria. And Rania Abdechakour has severe disabilities- quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, heart problems and partial eyesight.

Rania was sent to the UK on a six month visa in 2008 to live with her aunt and uncle and receive medical treatment. Her stay was then extended so that her medical treatment could continue. Now, she is making good progress, and even attending a mainstream school.

However, an application for permanent leave to remain in the UK has been rejected. The Home Office says that Rania must return to Algeria. Her family say that there is no chance of her receiving appropriate medical treatment there. And epilepsy, says her aunt, Jo Taleb, is still seen as possession in Algeria. They fear that if she is deported, she faces death.

So the family are appealing the Home Office decision. They have set up a petition to the Home Secretary and a Facebook group called Rania Must Stay.

I hope you’ll agree that this campaign needs as much publicity as possible.


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  1. AbuF — on 25th May, 2011 at 6:05 pm  

    epilepsy, says her aunt, Jo Taleb, is still seen as possession in Algeria.

    So are autistic disorders. My son was “diagnosed” as being possessed by an entire family of jinn by a local witchdoctor/shaykh. My little boy is actually quite severely autistic.

    Convincing elements of my wife’s family that beating my son to within an inch of his life whilst reciting the entire of the second Surah (which is very long) was not going to help the boy at all was quite difficult. He is only four and a bit.

    One sympathises with the wife’s family who were ever-so-proud that their eldest daughter’s first child was a boy and are – as we are – heartbroken about the difficulties he is having. He is a lovely kid, but very challenging.

    This does not mean one should in any way give in to the medieval, ignorant bigotries that pass too often for “care” in too much of the world still. I am furious that the “shaykh” blames my wife for my son’s disability: supposedly she injured a jinn child and this is that jinn’s family’s revenge. I kid you not. My son needs and deserves care and proper support, not the fraudulent quackery of snake-oil doctors and the dark Ages superstitions of some of his relatives.

    My heart goes out to Rania’s family. Please God she be allowed to stay in the UK. Shame on those who would arrange otherwise.

  2. douglas clark — on 25th May, 2011 at 6:39 pm  

    Sarah,

    Well, that’s me signed the petition. I hope other people here do too.

  3. sarah — on 25th May, 2011 at 7:35 pm  

    Thank you douglas clark!

  4. Rumbold — on 25th May, 2011 at 8:50 pm  

    Thanks for this Sarah. The Home Office should certainly let her stay.

  5. Rumbold — on 25th May, 2011 at 9:11 pm  

    AbuF:

    Thank you for sharing your story. That witchdoctor sounds like a real scumbag.

    (Also, I deleted a comment and your reply to it).

  6. AbuF — on 25th May, 2011 at 9:27 pm  

    Thanks, Rumbold.

    I understand you actions. That is one very nasty individual – I am afraid quite a regular on another channel (if you see what I mean).

  7. Rumbold — on 25th May, 2011 at 9:30 pm  

    I do. Thanks AbuF.

  8. douglas clark — on 25th May, 2011 at 9:56 pm  

    AbuF,

    Your story @ 1 is concerning.

    Is there anything that can be done about it? You do know that you have much goodwill around here? Whether that can be translated into something positive, I don’t know.

    Is there any way that we can assist?

  9. AbuF — on 25th May, 2011 at 11:46 pm  

    douglas clark

    The belief that a range of disabilities have their roots in possession by evil spirits/demons, etc, is – of course – commonplace in many traditional societies. In Islamic Africa, pre-Islamic supernatural beings have largely been transformed into jinn – and many things are associated with their supposed activities. In Sudan, for example, looking at another’s child and not audibly exclaiming “Praise be to God” is considered not only rude, but also means that you may be trying to place the Evil Eye on that child. My wife, who is usually very sane, would repeatedly give false information about our children (wrong gender, age, etc) in order to try to avoid such. These things are very much ingrained.

    In response an entire industry (so to speak) exists of shaykhs (in this case really meaning magicians) who service the superstitious needs of the community (and, self interestedly, keep these alive). In my son’s case, my father-in-law consulted a magician who “worked with” jinn and was told that my wife had offended jinn, that the jinn inhabited my son, that the jinn were the cause of his often very challenging behavioural difficulties, his speech delay (he does not speak at all) and his apparent fearlessness.

    This, at one point, put enormous strain on my marriage. I am, by trade, a teacher with a background in Special Needs and of working, in particular, with children on the autistic spectrum. You don’t want to admit it; but there comes a point when you have run through the symptoms so many times, waited for the child to get older to make a more sensible judgement… well, there comes a time when you can’t kid yourself any more. The last thing I needed was some mad old crank sucking sheep (for sacrifice), money and God only knows what else out of my dear father-in-law because he loves his grandson and does not understand what is the matter with his beloved grandson.

    Beating the devil out of the possessed also had its parallels in European pre-modern exorcist practices; and it still forms a central role in the practices of many of these so-called shaykhs (white and black magicians). Aunties suggested such things. I took my wife, my children and myself, leaving a good job behind and fled out of the country (Sudan), before these well-meaning but (finally) deluded in-laws could seize the child and expose him to such demented violence.

    I will always be their for my little boy. He is everything I have.

  10. AbuF — on 25th May, 2011 at 11:50 pm  

    I tell you all this because I do think that people in the UK need to understand that disability is everywhere, but for many poor, ill-educated traditional people these things are felt to be punishments inflicted upon them.

    I urge everyone to sign the petition above. Every child deserves to be happy, to have a future, to be safe and to know that they are loved.

  11. douglas clark — on 26th May, 2011 at 4:55 am  

    AbuF,

    Thank you for that.

    That is a very brave and noble thing that you did. My friend had a severely autistic child and the extent to which his entire family was ostracised – in a so called modern society – left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I am not entirely sure that UK society is actually much better. At least, outwith the professional, caring community….

    It is that fear of difference that appears to be ingrained everywhere and expresses itself in frankly superstitious ways that makes me despair.

    I dunno if I’ve expressed myself properly here but I hope the sentiment comes across even if the way I have said it does not.

  12. Sarah AB — on 26th May, 2011 at 6:47 am  

    Thanks Sarah, and Abu Faris too for sharing your difficult experiences.

  13. AbuF — on 28th May, 2011 at 7:29 pm  

    Thanks, Douglas.

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