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URGENT: Your support needed to help reunite Jeto Titti with her son, Josh Magara

APPEAL HEARING: 10am THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2011
ASYLUM & IMMIGRATION TRIBUNAL, TAYLOR HOUSE, 88 ROSEBERRY AVENUE, LONDON EC1R 4QU. Nearest tube Angel

 

Jeto Titti’s case to be reunited with her son is coming to court on 30 June. Five long and agonising years have gone by since Ms Titti found that her children were alive and safe, after she had been forced to flee from Rwanda without them. Your support is needed now more than ever. Despite her own terrible situation, Ms Titti has been dedicated to helping other women. She co-founded the All African Women’s Group’s (AAWG) Mothers’ Campaign for Family Reunion to press for family reunion so that mothers like her would no longer suffer the torture of being separated from their children.

Please write to demand that this family be reunited and no further obstacles are put in the way of Josh Magara, Comfort Mahooro and Albert Mugisha being able to rebuild their lives with their mother in the UK - the only place where the whole family is safe.

All support letters should be addressed: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and sent to Jane Barrett, Lawrence Lupin solicitors (j.barrett@lawrencelupin.co.uk) or Fax: 020 8733 7250. with a copy to war@womenagainstrape.net or Fax: 020 7209 4761 as soon as possible and no later than Monday 27 June. Josh’s visa application reference number is: ADD/118964

Background

Ms Titti fled in 2002 after she and her family were targeted by the Rwandan army because of her husband’s activities in the opposition. She, her husband and their three young children were beaten by soldiers, Ms Titti’s husband was taken and later killed. She and her daughter were raped. Knowing that her continuing presence would put her children in further danger, Ms Titti left them in the care of a family friend. When she lost contact with them shortly after arriving in the UK, her children thought she was dead.

In 2005, Ms Titti managed to find her children. But then she was detained in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre, from where she first contacted Women Against Rape (WAR) for help. Deprived of vital medication, Ms Titti became very ill. We helped find her independent medical support. Ms Titti was released but spent three months in hospital.

In 2006, Ms Titti’s lawyer made a fresh claim for her but shamefully, the Home Office never responded to this and subsequent submissions with compelling evidence about the terrible impact of their delay on Ms Titti and her children.

Only the threat of imminent court action FINALLY forced the authorities to acknowledge Ms Titti as a refugee in April 2011, thus granting her the right to automatic family reunion with any children who are minors. But because of the delay in settling her case, two of her children had already turned 18.

Josh Magara applied for a visa just before his birthday last November. But it was refused because his mother had not yet won refugee status. Attempts to press the visa office to overturn its refusal now Ms Titti has refugee status have not been responded to by the authorities. Now a judge will consider that decision at this appeal.

Ms Titti’s other two children, Comfort Mahooro and Albert Mugisha, are applying now for visas. If Josh wins his appeal, it will further strengthen his brother and sister’s case to be reunited with their mother. WAR will give evidence at the forthcoming appeal hearing. We have supported Jeto’s courageous and determined efforts to rebuild her life despite her ordeals and torment.

Jeto Titti writes:

Without the help of supporters, my children and I couldn’t have got where we are now. We are more hopeful than we have been before that now we can be a family together again. I have met many kind people who have such sympathy for what we have gone through. Letters of support are very important so the Judge too can know how strongly people feel about the need for us to be reunited. 

Josh says:

There was a time when I thought we would never see our mother again, when we hadn’t heard from her. Speaking to my mum, I try to picture her. It could be months or years but I believe that one day I will be able to see her. That’s what keeps me going”.

Comfort says:

I need to be somewhere where we are safe and don’t have to worry about the future. I really need and want to be with my mum who I could share my feelings with. I will never feel safe without her and all the terrible things that have happened to us will stay with me.”

Albert says:

I just want to see my mum again. It’s been so long. I don’t even know all the ways that not being with her has changed me - when I am with her, then I will know better.”

At the Hearing, Ms Titti will be supported by a Mothers’ Vigil from 9.15am, sponsored by the AAWG Mothers’ Campaign and Legal Action for Women. All welcome.
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Crossroads Women's Centre, 230A Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AB
Phone: 0207 482 2496; www.womenagainstrape.net

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