Friends, we are so thankful for your support. We thought you'd like to know that the Home Office has granted Giorgi and his grandmother leave to remain in the UK for two-and-a-half-years. The immediate risk of deportation has been lifted but the threat of it is still hanging over Giorgi’s head at a crucial time in his life. So the campaign continues because he should not have to endure this uncertainty in order to try and stay in the only country he has ever known as home. Bob Doris, MSP for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, has urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to grant full British citizenship to Giorgi and his grandmother. This is a call backed by the Church of Scotland and we would like more signatures to strengthen our appeal to the Home Office. So please continue to share the invitation to support a 10-year-old boy who deserves a chance of a normal life, a chance to grow up and flourish. Thanks again.
To: Home Secretary Sajid Javid
Don't deport 10 year old orphan Giorgi to a country he doesn't know.
Grant asylum to Giorgi and his grandmother Katy in order that he remains in Glasgow, safe from the threat of violence or trafficking in Georgia.
Why is this important?
Giorgi came here after his mother discovered that his father owed money to gangsters. They threatened Georgi's life and his mum Sophie, fled Georgia and came to Glasgow.I have known Giorgi since he went to the Primary school I am the Chaplain for and he is a gentle, thoughtful, intelligent and funny boy. A typical 10 year old Scottish boy..
I became more involved when Giorgi's mother died after a long and painful illness and I conducted her funeral and have been supporting Giorgi ever since. Sophie was in the middle of an asylum application when she died and this has left Giorgi at threat of deportation to a country he doesn't know and a language he cannot speak.
Giorgi is, to all intents and purposes, Scottish and is doing well at his primary school. If he was returned to Georgia against his will, he would be under threat.
Please help us to keep Giorgi in Glasgow. This is the only home he has ever known and he is proud to be from Springburn and Glasgow. His schooling would be disrupted and his life would be at risk in Georgia. Or worse!