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3 Nigerians Injured In Fresh Xenophobic Attacks In S. Africa

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Xenophobia in South Africa

Three Nigerians are among other foreign nationals who on Tuesday suffered from fresh xenophobic attacks on foreigners in different locations of Witbank, Mpumanlaga Province, South Africa, the Nigerian community has said.

The National Spokesperson of the Nigeria Union, South Africa (NUSA), Mr Odefa Ikele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Witbank, that the attacks started in the early hours of the morning.

Tuesday’s attacks are coming on the heels of efforts by Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure they found amicable and lasting solution to the xenophobia in the latter’s country.

Such peace efforts saw Buhari visiting Ramaphosa and holding a town hall meeting with the Nigerian community.

“Groups made up of community members and taxi drivers went to different areas in Witbank attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners.

“Three Nigerians are injured, but no death case for now. Some of our nationals are seeking refuge at Witbank Police Station,’’ he said.

According to NUSA, the affected Nigerians are still taking refuge at the police station at Witbank.

The details of the incident are still sketchy but NUSA also said that Police in the area have intervened and warned people to stay away from the Central Business District in the town.

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London-Born Twins Who Never Left UK Face Deportation To Separate Countries

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Twins who were born in London and have never left the UK face deportation to different countries in the Caribbean where they have no close relatives, their families have told British Media.

Darrell Roberts, 24, has been issued with a deportation notice informing him that the Home Office plans to send him to the Dominican Republic following a prison sentence, even though he has no connection with the country. He believes officials named it in error; his father was born on the island of Dominica.

His twin brother, Darren Roberts, has been warned he faces deportation to Grenada – the country where his mother was born – when he finishes his own jail sentence, according to his partner.

The brothers were taken into the care of social services when they were 13 after the deaths from cancer in quick succession of their mother and later of the uncle who looked after them when she died. Their father had moved abroad before their mother’s death and they have had no contact with him for decades. Neither parent had British citizenship.

The twins’ siblings have said they believe Ealing social services, in west London, was negligent for failing to organise citizenship when they were children.

After an unhappy and disrupted time during their teenage years when the brothers were moved between a series of unsuccessful foster placements, Darrell was convicted of grievous bodily harm. He was a minor and still being looked after by the care system. His lawyer describes him as vulnerable because of his young age on conviction and his traumatic childhood. Towards the end of a six-year-sentence he has been served with a deportation notice.

He says he was shocked to learn that he faces deportation. “It was heartbreaking. I’ve finished my sentence; I was expecting to be released,” he said, speaking from prison. He tried to explain to prison staff that he should not be deported.

“It is mentally draining; the stress is unnecessary. I’ve got grey hairs and I’m only 24 years old.” He said prison staff laughed when he told them he was born in the UK and appeared not to believe him.

The deportation notice states: “Our records show you have no legal status in the United Kingdom.” The home secretary has deemed “deportation to be conducive to the public good and accordingly it is in the public interest that you be removed from the United Kingdom without delay”, the letter reads.

Darrell Roberts was also offered a grant to allow him to “return home” under the facilitated return scheme, with a reintegration package worth £1,500 if he agrees to repatriation. “I told them I was born here that I’d been in primary school and secondary school here. They weren’t sympathetic. When I’ve tried talking to officers they say it is out of their control,” one of the twins said.

The Home Office automatically issues a deportation notice to anyone without citizenship who has been convicted of a reasonably serious offence with a custodial sentence of more than 12 months. British citizenship has a good character requirement, which will not be met if an applicant has been sentenced to a long prison term, even if they were UK-born. There are no figures for the number of people born in this country who are deported annually.

Darrell’s twin brother remains in prison for a separate offence of grievous bodily harm. Darren’s partner, who asked not to be named, said he had spoken to her twice about his concerns after being informed he faced deportation. He told her about six months ago that prison staff had warned him he would be sent to Grenada at the end of his prison term.

The couple have a five-year-old son together, also born in London. “He said it didn’t make sense, and asked me to make arrangements to bring our son to visit him. He was shocked,” she said. A Home Office spokesperson said no deportation notice had been issued yet, but letters were generally sent out towards the end of a sentence.

Although prisoners can appeal against deportation orders, there are limited grounds for appeal for those sentenced to more than four years.

The twins’ younger sister, Freya Valie Roberts, a student at Bristol university, said: “Darrell and Darren’s plight highlights the systemic racism built into our institutions in Britain … During their time in care the social care system neglected their duty in nationalising the boys. Me and my siblings are their closest immediate family. Removing them from their home would be splitting them from the only family they have.”

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3-Year-Old Girl Starves To Death After Her Mum Left Her For Eight Days To Visit Her Boyfriend

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A 3-year-old Japanese girl starved to death after her mother left her alone for eight days and went to visit her boyfriend 600 miles away.

The mother, Saki Kakehashi, 24, from Tokyo, admitted that she left her daughter Noa all by herself so she could go visit her lover in Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu island, an almost two-hour flight away from Tokyo. But did not expect her child to die of severe dehydration and hunger.

The divorcée said she thought ‘it would be alright’ to leave the child alone in their apartment in the city’s Ota Ward, The Japan Times reported.

Takahashi was arrested on Tuesday, July 7, almost a month after she had arrived home on June 13 to find her daughter unresponsive in the apartment. She then called the emergency services to tell them Noa was not breathing. When the officials got to the scene, they found the girl wearing a nappy which had not been changed for days with rashes on her bottom.

An autopsy found that the toddler had thymic atrophy, a typical symptom of abused children, and her stomach was empty, a source told the Times.

Kakehashi is said to have claimed at first that her daughter had been ill for several days and didn’t have the funds to take her to hospital, before admitting to the allegations against her.

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Group Of Igbo Men Pledge To Save Nigerian Man Held As Collateral By Dreaded Pakistani Gang [Video]

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A group of Igbo men have come together to save a Nigerian man who was seen in a viral video being tortured by a dreaded Pakistani gang after his “brother” named Andrew used him as a collateral and absconded without paying the gang back.

The Nigerian man explained that he will be killed on July 10 if Andrew does not pay back what he owes the gang. He then begged his uncle to sell everything they have and pay a man named “Nuruz”.

A group of wealthy Igbo men have now come to his aid and are willing to pay to get him his freedom.

In a video shared online, the Igbo men, one of them a US-based man, explained that they’ve spoken with Nuruz – the head of the gang – and reasoned with him and he promised to be fair to the Nigerian man and preserve his life. They added that among themselves, they will raise Nuruz’s money and get the Igbo man back home.

“Relax your mind, we’ll raise the money, the men promised.

In the video recorded for the Nigerian man to view, they told him to relax his mind and stop fretting because they are working to get him out. They said Nuruz gave them his word that he will not kill him if payment is made.

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