I arrived alone in the UK when I was 14, fleeing persecution. I built a life for myself here, going to school and college, learning English and now I am studying for an IT qualification. I have made friends and a future for myself in London, but I am facing having all of that taken away from me.
Last year I was in detention for three months and during this time I was told 7 times that a flight had been booked for me to go back to Afghanistan. I am now waiting for a decision about my final appeal to remain in the UK; whether I can stay in London and continue my life, or whether I will be forcibly removed to Afghanistan.
In my country it was like I was like a switch that was switched off, but now I live in the UK I’ve been switched on. Before I didn’t know anything, but now I know a lot and I’m learning every day about what’s happening in the world. I have built my life here, and believe that my future is here, not in Afghanistan.