Speaking out about detention
The day before I was due to be deported to Afghanistan in April, Detention Action
put me in touch with a new solicitor, who managed to get me a judicial review and temporarily stop my deportation.
Now I think it’s important for everyone to know about detention because there are a lots of people there who need help. They are hopeless and some people have no one to help them. When I was there I didn’t know what to do but my teacher and mentor helped me a lot and a lot, so it’s important for everyone to know about detention.
Since my temporary release, I have been going to Detention Action’s offices to do ‘work experience.’ We practise how to speak up in public meetings, events for the media and for TV or BBC and things like that and we talk about what we can do to stop deportation and how can we help people who are in detention. We learn new words and meet new people and how to talk to people if they are journalists or from the TV. We always know what’s happening in Detention Centres because Detention Action let us know all the time about that and we take notes.
We met a journalist who wrote an article
in the Guardian newspaper about some of the people in our group to let people know about what’s happening with indefinite detention. She also gave me some advice about this blog.
I want to help people who are in detention because I know a little bit about it. I am better at public speaking now, because I used to forget things when I was speaking in events and Detention Action have taught us how to go step by step. I might be going for a BBC interview about life in the UK and now I’m ready for it because Detention Action helped me with my speaking and they will help me more.
We have people in our group from different countries, different cultures and different religions, but we are all brothers from Detention Centres. We respect each other and we help each other and we have a teacher from Detention Action who helps us a lot.
I think it’s a good experience to have but sometimes it feels so sad and hopeless. I was in detention only for 3 months, but since I joined the group I’m hearing so many different things that make me feel down. In my group everyone has been in detention for more than 3 years. Many of them spent most of their time away from their families and one of the guys told me that when his wife and son visited him, his son always asked him, ‘dad are you coming home for my birthday?’ So look at this how does that feel? I hate these things when I hear them because it makes me feel really down. So it’s very hard to talk about and hear it, but I think it helps a lot.