Hamza Khan, is a 20-year-old computer science student. Bright, hardworking, and having won a sanctuary scholarship to study in UCC, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is absolutely where he belongs. However, Hamza’s family will not be able to stay in the community they enrich, the Khan family are being refused asylum. They will have to go to the UK next week if nothing else changes.
In a little over 2 days, an online petition to stop the deportation of Hamza and his family, including his parents and three younger brothers has received almost 5000 signatures. A testament to the contribution they make.
Principal Aaron Wolfe of Colaiste Éamann Rís awarded Hamza the principal’s award for “Most Improved Student” in 2018. He described the forced removal of the Khan family as “immoral”. “The future of these four brothers is at risk”.
Hamza said of the removal “Going to the UK will ruin my life, kill my dreams and will end my career, and it would also have a negative impact on my brothers’ education and activities they are involved in”. He simply added “I want to live in Cork with my family – we are settled here and we are very happy,”.
The situation is still developing and hopefully, through the actions of UCC students, we can prevent an injustice from occurring.
How to help:
- If any UCC students want to get involved, Failte refugees are having a gathering today at 1PM in solidarity with Hamza and his family.
- You can sign the petition here
- Make a donation to the National Asylum Seekers Council: https://nascireland.org/donate