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Cameroonian Lydia Besong Saved from Repatriation

Cameroonian Lydia Besong Saved from Repatriation

Lydia Besong, a playwright was saved from being repatriated from the UK at the last minute. This was as result of a successful legal challenge.

Last week Bedfordshire News reported that Lydia Besong was at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre awaiting to find out about her future. Last year, Afrocosmopolitan reported about her fight against deportation as well as her husband’s release from deportation camp.

She escaped to the UK from Cameroon in 2006 when she was reported to be imprisoned because she participated in nonviolent political actions.

At the beginning of this month, Ms Besong was placed in a detention centre near Clapham. Her husband Bernard was then sent to another centre in Lincoln after their protection claim failed.

As the events unfold, a number of leading writers and actors reached out to help the couples by urged the Home Secretary not to deport the couple.

Since living in the UK in 2006, Ms Besong, 40, who has written about three plays. The playwright is afraid returning to her native home of Cameroon is unsafe for her.

Ms Besong was supposed to be repatriated last Saturday. However, a last-minute legal battle made it impossible for the deportation to take place.  This is because a judge approved the application to stop the flight take was supposed to take her to Cameroon. The case is not yet over, as a judicial review will be held.

Ms Besong, who has gone back to her former address in Bury, Greater Manchester, with her husband said: “I feel ok but a bit depressed because of what’s happened to me. I’m very happy about all the support we’ve had and it’s made me more hopeful for the future.”

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Bedfordshire News

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  1. Devorah Hornbarger

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. many thanks

  2. Very happy for the couples. And it’s time they legalise their stay in the UK, otherwise, they will continue to face these kinds of problems.

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