Dear Friends,

it is with a mixture of joy and sadness that we can announce that yesterday night, our friend Osman’s body was repatriated back to his family in Iraq. The cost of this was paid in part by money raised through this campaign, but also by an exceptional effort from the Kurdish community who have come together in this time of grief and pooled resources to help a friend, relative and fellow asylum seeker.

By the time you read these words, Osman’s body will have returned to the Iraqi soil which he left almost a decade ago, and preparations for the burial will be underway.

As Osman’s story is coming to a close, we are determined that the greater campaign is only beginning. The tragedy of his case and its direct link to the closure of Refugee and Migrant Justice has signalled an increase in media interest in the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in this country, and has brought together many organisations dealing with asylum seekers, particularly in the Midlands area.

If you have not yet made a donation to the campaign but would like to give money, we urge you to do so, as all money raised will be put into a new fund aimed at helping asylum seekers faced with destitution as Osman was.

We thank you for your continued support, and pledge to continue our campaign, fighting for a decent and humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in our society, in memory of our friend.


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