About us

by inthefight_XOMy name is T. I am 20 years old and I am currently in a detention centre, waiting to find out if I will be deported back to Afghanistan. I came to the UK 4 years ago, seeking asylum and trying to escape persecution. I have lived in the UK, made friends, learned English and gained qualifications. But on 14th February 2012, I was arrested and detained and given a flight to return to my war-torn country.

I’m Laura, T’s teacher and friend. I have fought for his right to stay in the UK, visited and cried with him in the detention centre, and now I will receive his blog posts and post them to the site.

We want people to know what it’s like to be snatched away from the life you have built, be imprisoned, and then be returned to a city you do not know.


17 Responses to About us

  1. Margaret says:

    Hello, thank you very much for your posts! I know I and and many others find them very eye-opening and inspiring. I would like to ask your permission to post a link to our own blog focusing on migrant issues in London. Please get in touch if you can…

  2. We have created a facebook page “Open Access Now UK” to detention centres for migrants.
    Here the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/423174481034296/
    We invite you to join the group in order to tell all these stories and build a network! Thanks

  3. tinyzebra says:

    Well done for this brave and important blog. So much of what happens in detention does not filter through to the rest of the UK, keep up the good work. And good luck with your case. Many of us in the UK are behind you and embarassed that you are being treated this way.

  4. lizallcock says:

    Hey it’s interesting that you call this Life After Deportation, as I assumed it would detail someone’s life back in their country of origin. I’m working on a project to do just that – capture the stories of what happens to people after they have been removed from the UK. Let me know if interested.

    • Hi – yes that was the original intent – we started this just before T was due to be deported on one of the (frequently) cancelled flights. He is now waiting to see if his appeal will be looked at again. If he IS deported, this is where he’ll document his return experience. Very interested in your project.

    • salamander says:

      I have a friend (now 27yrs old) who was deported to Kabul in Nov.2010 from England. He is Hazara and left Afghanisan when he was 15. Kabul was so bad he went to Pakistan, then to Iran, then to Turkey (where he was kidnapped and threatened) he managed to escape and now he is in Greece, trapped with hundreds of others living a terrible life. He has been torn off lorries by dogs and beaten up by the police, yet every day he tries to get out of Greece. What can he do? These displaced people are forever trying to reach a safe place and if deported to their home country, start again.

  5. Maria Zarif says:

    Why was he taken to detention centre? And if he is being send to Afghanistan no this homeland, that means he IS from afghanistan, right?

    • Hi Maria. He’s in a detention centre because his case for asylum has been refused. You’re right he is from Afghanistan, but he has been in UK for 4 years now and has built a life here … he has no family in Afghanistan … his life is here 😦 but the UK government doesn’t believe him.

  6. Masood Mikaeel Safari says:

    I cry over and over again when i read this blog. T does not deserve this but hopefully it will get sorted out for him and thank you for making this blog 😥

  7. I want to thank you so much for making this blog, although every time I read it I feel a mixture of sadness, anger and helplessness, I’m sure it’s nothing to what T feels. Please publicise on here any way that comes up for members of the public to help!
    Best wishes,

  8. Gemma says:


    This is a very good idea to raise the profile of what its like for young people who have been detained and are awaiting deportation.

    Thank you for sharing.


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