To: Amber Rudd (Secretary of State for Home Department)
Give Lawand a chance to communicate
This petition asks you to look at Lawand's case. He is a profoundly deaf 6 year old child who came to this country with no language. He has made remarkable progress and requests leave to stay in the UK so he can continue to learn to communicate.
Why is this important?
Lawand was born in Iraq. He was born profoundly deaf. The family fled Iraq and travelled under harsh conditions to Europe. He arrived at the deaf school with no language at all - unable to access his families language through his implant. Unable to tell them he loved them or to understand the world around him. Since he arrived at the Deaf school he has made incredible progress, learning British sign language at an amazing speed and so starting his education. Lawand is able, for the first time, to develop relationships with his family and make friends.
Now the home office have decided that he should be removed with his family to Germany under a European Agreement called the Dublin Regulation. This is because asylum seekers should claim asylum in the first safe country they arrive in. However, this case is exceptional. If Lawand is deported he will suffer a set back which will profoundly affect his life. He will be, once again, in a very chaotic situation with no further access to British sign language so his communication would shut down. He would also suffer psychological damage as his ability to communicate with his family would also drastically reduce as their opportunity to learn a shared language would be denied. His implant is no longer working so without access to sign language he is completely isolated from the world around him.
Please support our petition by signing it and bring Lawand's case to the attention of people who can change his immigration decision.
How it will be delivered
This petition was emailed to Amber Rudd and Margaret Beckett on the 9th January. However the case continues and the petition continues to build. We will look to also deliver the petition in person, possibly inviting the press who have shown a lot of interest. Keep signing and sharing - let's make an impact!