Olayinka and her family MUST stay in Britain!
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Template available for a letter from teachers or other education professionals, here. Template for a letter from anybody else here. In any correspondence please quote Olayinka's Home Office reference O1144171/06, and please cc firstname.lastname@example.org (or if you send a letter by post please let us know you have done so).
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Olayinka is now 17, and currently lives in Rochdale with her mum and her two brothers (18 and 16). They are here because Olayinka refuses to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), part of cultural tradition within her father’s family and tribe in Nigeria.
Olayinka has made it crystal clear that she would rather die in Britain than be deported to Nigeria and endure FGM – she attempted suicide three months ago.
Olayinka's family fled from Nigeria to the UK in 2009. Olayinka’s elder sister (her mother Abiola’s first child) was born in Nigeria and died in 1992, aged 8, after being forced to undergo FGM. When Abiola had Olayinka, she was terrified that the same could happen to her second daughter as well. This created great tension in Abiola's marriage and she eventually left her husband in 2003. However, Olayinka's paternal uncle continued to pressure mother and child.
In 2009, just before Olayinka was 13, her uncle sent some friends to remove her forcibly. Olayinka resisted. They beat her and her brother who tried to help her. She was hospitalized with permanent damage to both hands. Olayinka's mother Abiola was then threatened that she would be killed if she did not let her daughter undergo FGM.
Left: some of the adults campaigning to protect this child and her family
Abiola turned to the Nigerian police. They told her that they also respected ‘traditional’ and family acts in Nigeria and advised her to relocate. They moved, but were tracked down - at which point they fled to the UK. Since 2010, when her father died, Olayinka has been at even higher risk of being forced to undergo FGM in Nigeria. She and her mother are being blamed for his death as it is a cultural belief that, without the FGM, bad things will continue to happen to their family.
News & Updates!
22/06/16 - FAMILY FLEEING THREAT OF FGM -
AND NOW THREATENED WITH EVICTION FROM THEIR ROCHDALE HOME
Press Release – for immediate release
23rd June 2016
RAPAR is seriously concerned that Serco – North West provider of asylum accommodation for the Home Office - is threatening to evict a family from their Rochdale home on Tuesday, June 28th.
Mrs Abiola Olaoye and her three children have been in the UK since 2009 when they left Nigeria after her daughter was threatened with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by her father’s family. Abiola’s eldest daughter died after undergoing the same procedure.
The family’s ongoing asylum case has been under consideration by the Home Office since August 2011. On June 15th of this year Abiola was handed a letter by her Serco housing manager which said she must leave the accommodation on June 28th. Yesterday Abiola received a letter from the Home Office, dated June 14th, which said she no longer qualified for housing support because her application for asylum had been refused on 11th April 2016.
Noone has told Abiola this: neither she nor her solicitor have received any decision from the Home Office about her asylum application. Currently, her solicitor is trying to clarify the situation with the Home Office as a matter of urgency.
In the meantime, Abiola’s youngest child is having to complete his A level examinations with the threat of eviction on Tuesday hanging over his head and the two older children have been unable to progress into higher education despite their high academic attainment.
Quaker Elizabeth Coleman who has worked with Abiola says:
“I understand that neither Abiola nor her lawyer have received any notice whatsoever of any home office decision to reject her application for asylum. Abiola applied for asylum because of the fear of her daughter being forced to undergo FGM. Now she is facing eviction from her home with very little warning. This seems unjust and inhumane.”
Nick Wigmore, Secretary of Rochdale NUT and a member of the Union’s National Executive says:
“Rochdale NUT fully supports Abiola's human right to remain in the UK and to protect her children. Forcing this family to return to a country where they face such danger is utterly unacceptable.”
We are appalled that the Home Office is saying they reached a decision on Abiola’s asylum case in April, without informing either her or her solicitor of this. The first time Abiola realised there was a potential problem was when she received the letter from her housing manager saying she must quit the property on June 28th or face eviction proceedings.
Dianne Ngoza, speaking on behalf of RAPAR, says:
“The UK asylum system is failing Abiola and her family. How can a country that claims to advocate human rights do this to a mother with her children? It is incomprehensible that a developed country can put a family through so much suffering. RAPAR is determined to do everything to win this case: Abiola must be granted her stay and enjoy the freedom that is her family’s right.”
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20/02/15 - Campaign Public Meeting Information
A public meeting is being held at St Chad's Parish Church in Rochdale on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 6:30pm for Olayinka and her family's campaign.
Speakers include Gary McIndoe (Latitude Law, the family's solicitor) RAPAR and NUT representatives, as well friends and supporters.
Please come along to show your support for Olayinka and her family!
To download the event poster please click here
9/01/14 "Come to the Cabaret!"
We are holding a fundraising event for Olayinka's campaign, in order to raise funds and awareness for her campaign.
Please come and show your support!
Saturday 18th January 2014
Manchester Bridge Club,
30 Palatine Road,
4pm-7.30pm, £5 entry fee and donations welcome.
Parking, wheelchair access with available ramp, bar, buses, nearest Metrolink WEST DIDSBURY (corner Lapwing Lane/Palatine Road)
Entertainment from a variety of musicians, including Manchester Community Choir and a raffle for various prizes including a TV!
If you can, please bring vegetarian/vegan food (label if with nuts)
10/12/2013- Updated material for Olayinka's campaign
When we first began campaigning for Olayinka and her family, Olayinka was just 15 years old. Last month she turned 17, and is now attending Holy Cross Sixth Form in Bury. We have updated all the information on the various campaign materials.
For the Model Motion click here
For the template letter to the Home Secretary (from teachers or other educational professionals) please click here
For the template letter to the Home Secretary from anyone else please click here.
2/12/2013- New Fundraiser for Olayinka's Campaign
A new fundraiser is being organised for Olayinka's campaign for January 18th 4-7.30pm.
For the event poster please click here
10/10/2013- New Petitions for Olayinka's Campaign
We have set up two more online petitions on "Avaaz" and "Change"- please sign and circulate to support Olayinka's campaign and to keep her and her family safe in the UK.
Click here for Avaaz and here for Change.
16/09/2013- Olayinka's Case broadcast by Deutsche Welle- LISTEN HERE!
Reporter Mischa Wilmers contacted us to cover Olayinka's story. She spoke with Abiola, Olayinka's mum, to find out about the family's story and their campaign to stay safe in the UK.
Click here to listen to the broadcast.
16/09/2013- Thank You to Supporters
On Sunday the 18th August we held Olayinka's Campaign fundraiser in Falinge Community Hub in Rochdale, in conjunction with the Rochdale branch of the NUT.
A great day was had by all with a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, a BBQ and traditional African food, as well as some Ceilidh Music provided by Joe and Rosie which got everyone dancing. Most importantly, we raised money for the legal costs incurred from Olayinka's campaign and raised awareness on Female Genital Mutiliation. The raffle, which star prize is a flat screen TV, is still to take place, and tickets are available from the RAPAR office.
We would like to thank everyone who came to support us on the day and everyone who was involved in the organization of the event, and hope that your support will continue until Olayinka and her family are allowed to stay safe in the UK.
06/07/2013-Note Change of MP Contact Details
For anyone contacting Olayinka's MP in support of her campaign, the details are below. Anyone that has contacted Simon Danczuk regarding Olayinka's campaign, we have asked his office to forward all correspondence to Jim Dobbin's office.
Jim Dobbin MP,
45 York Street,
Telephone 01706 361135 Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
25/07/2013- Rochdale Fundraiser for Olayinka's Campaign 18th August 2013
In conjunction with the Rochdale branch of the National Union of Teachers, we are holding another fundraising event for Olayinka and her family on 18th August between 11am and 4pm. The event is being held at The Falinge Community Hub in Rochdale (21 Whitehall St, OL12 0LN- behind Dunelm Mill). Come show your support for Olayinka and her family, and help us raise funds for the families legal cost and raise awareness on FGM. We have organised a bouncy castle, kids activities, music and entertainment, refreshments, and guest speakers for the event.
See the event A3 poster here and event A5 flyer here.
Come along and show your support!!
15/06/2013 - Arrivals
Olayinka's mother, Abiola, features in the work 'Arrivals', an installation by student of Interactive Arts and RAPAR volunteer, Sophie Gardiner, as part of the Manchester School of Art degree show, 2013.
The work featured migrants (including members of RAPAR) giving audio testimonies of their journey to Manchester. Abiola delivered her story in her native language of Yoruba:
A full translation of Abiola's contribution is available here.
14/05/2013- Thank You to Supporters
Just a thank you to all who came to Olayinka's fundraising event in Rochdale on 27/04/13. For more photo's from the event please "like" the facebook page "Abolish FGM" at :https://www.facebook.com/AbolishFGM
27/04/2013 - Call for letters to the Home Secretary
Please give vital support to Olayinka's campaign by sending letters to the Home Secretary Theresa May bringing Olayinka's case to her attention and urging her to intervene. Since Olayinka is currently attending school, letters from teachers or other education professionals would be particularly appropriate; template available here. Letters from anybody else are also extremely helpful; more general template here. In any correspondence please quote Olayinka's Home Office reference O1144171/06, and please let us know at email@example.com if you have sent a letter. Many thanks.
19/04/2013 - Campaign fundraiser event on Sat 27th April, 2-5pm
Come and show your solidarity with Olayinka's campaign on Sat 27th April. Campaign fundraiser event at NESTAC, 237 Newstead, Lower Falinge, Rochdale, OL12 6RQ. The event is to raise funds to support Olayinka's legal costs, to publicise her campaign, and to raise awareness about the issues Olayinka faces. Refreshments and entertainment, including face painting for the kids, provided! See flyer online here, and/or download it here and please share!
15/03/2013 - N.B** Change to Fundraising Event Details
The date of Olayinka's fundraising event has been pushed back until 27th April 2013, 2-5pm.
Please come and show your support!!
13/03/2013 - Fundraising Event
Olayinka and her supporters are holding a fundraising event at NESTAC (237 Newstead, Lower Falinge, Rochdale, OL12 6RQ) on 23rd March 2013 between 2pm-5pm. This event is aimed at raising funds to support Olayinka's legal campaign and raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided, so please come along and show your support.
19/02/13- Upcoming Fundraising Event
Olayinka and her family, with support from RAPAR, are in the process of organizing a fundraising event to be held in Rochdale in order to raise money for Olayinka's campaign. Details will be posted soon.
16/01/2013 - Model motion in support of Olayinka
For use by trade unions, community groups and others. It would be extremely valuable if groups who wish to support Olayinka's campaign could publicly voice support for this motion. As ever, the more solidarity from campaigning groups the better. The model motion can be downloaded as a Word doc here, or see below.
Model Motion: Olayinka and her family MUST stay in Britain! Background: Olayinka is 15, and currently lives in Rochdale with her mum and her two brothers (16 and 14). They have claimed asylum here because Olayinka refuses to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), part of cultural tradition within her father’s family and tribe in Nigeria.
Olayinka has made it crystal clear that she would rather die in Britain than be deported to Nigeria and endure FGM. Last summer, when the UKBA told the family that they had to go back to Nigeria, Olayinka attempted suicide.
RAPAR, www.rapar.org.uk, based in Manchester City Centre, works with rather than on or for people. It is dedicated to achieving equal human rights. RAPAR is enabling and supporting the ongoing development of the Olayinka and her Family Must Stay in Britain campaign.
This trade union branch/organisation/community group:
1. Supports Olayinka’s family campaign and will:
a. Create links from our web presence to the campaign at www.rapar.org.uk/olayinka-and-her-family-must-stay-in-britain.html
b. Donate £x to RAPAR for its work in this campaign
c. Use our networks to publicise this campaign and secure support for the campaign’s work as it develops
2. Will protect and defend the right of any of our members to act as necessary in order to ensure the safeguarding of this child.
11/10/2012 - PRESS RELEASE