STOLEN from the streets of Vietnam as a child and forced to work as a slave in a North-East cannabis farm, all Stephen dreamt of was a safe place to call home.
But having finally found sanctuary with a vicar and his wife that dream was shattered after the 19-year-old’s application for asylum was turned down.
Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman branded the Home Office ruling as ‘grotesque’ and the Bishop of Durham has backed his appeal. Read Catherine Priestley’s article here
TWAFA Comment: T his does seem a very callous decision by the Home Office. How can they be sure that Stephen still does not need our protection after what has happened to him? Is this where we are at as a nation….with this lack of compassion and empathy in high places, all because of prejudices stoked by sections of the press and media? if so, that is a real pity. Britain is, or at least should be, better than this.
(c) TWAFA December 2017