Royston, another dawn raid
Early this morning, Friday 11 November 2005, immigration carried out a yet another dawn raid on the home of Mrs Farhat Ahmed, 39, from Pakistan, and her 14 year old daughter, Zoha, a 3rd year pupil at St. Roch’s Secondary School. The family are asylum seekers from Pakistan. Farhat is severely ill with a lung condition. Nothing has been heard of her or daughter Zoha since 8 am.
Farhat’s friend and neighbour Farina said:
“She called me at 8 am, she was crying, she said early in the morning 6 or 7 am, some men came to her house and told her to move from here, they said go with them, they took her to Brand Street immigration. Since 8am, i don't know where she is. She did not call me. Her mobile is turned off. Her daughter and my daughter are best friends and both go to St Roch’s Secondary School. My daughter is very worried. I have cooked nothing tonight. I cannot stop thinking about them. I can still hear her voice in my head crying down the telephone. They are quiet people; she must have been so scared when that happened to them. And she is very ill, she had water on her lungs and does not keep well. I called detention in Glasgow, they said nobody came here, another neighbour phoned Birmingham or Manchester so no idea where she, nobody knows. Because me and my friend, another neighbour, called her solicitor and the solicitor says i have no idea where she is. Even her solicitor doesn't know where she is.”
Zoha’s best friend, Aatirah, said:
“We are at St. Roch's Secondary school; they just took my friend away, in the morning her mother called my mum that they took them away. She is my best pal, we went to school and came back together, i met her a yr ago, we were neighbours, we went to each others house, my pals at school are upset as well, my friends Sonya and Nasreen were shocked, we just cried because she's gone. I miss talking with her and her being with me. We don't know where she is now. I'm worried. I don't know where they are. I called her mobile but it was switched off.”
We have called various removal centres but there appears to be no record whatsoever of Farhat Ahmed and her daughter Zoha at any detention centre in the UK. Farhat’s relatives in Sheffield and London are extremely worried about her and her daughter’s sudden disappearance, as are her friends and neighbours in Royston.
It is not just families that are being raided that live in fear; it is also their neighbours and friends who are left traumatised and terrified as to who will be next.
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