AFTER errors made by immigration lawyers, Zambia native, Dianne Ngoza faces deportation after living in the UK for 14 years.

Tuesday saw over 50 protestors stood outside Dallas Court Reporting Center in support for Dianne. Human rights campaigners, trade unionists, individuals and church groups were among activists who tried to stop the van with her in from leaving the premises.

In 2004 she was incorrectly applied for asylum by her lawyer when trying to re-new her visa, unsurprisingly her application was declined.

2008 saw new lawyers who took over her case. Yet only two years after she received a letter from the Home Office stating that no claim had been made on her behalf.

In the same year, this left Dianne unable to work, which resulted in her heavily relying on her community. She was left destitute and homeless.

She is currently campaigning for her right to a family under Article 8 in the European convention so she can work and take care of her daughter and continue to live in this country. She has no family or friends in Zambia or in any part of Africa. She considers herself to be British, her qualifications would not be valid if she were to return.

Dianne herself took part in may community groups around Manchester, including Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST), United for Change and RAPAR. Recently, she was nominated for a Spirit of Manchester 2016 award for her continuous effort to fight for human rights issues.

A petition was created by William Wheeler, on 38 Degrees in order to raise awareness about her case and get more people involved. The petition currently has over 1,080 signatures.

Her detention is currently ongoing; she has been taken to Yarls’ Wood immigration center in Bedfordshire and has been reported to have only eaten 2 apples.

Representatives from RAPAR are said to be: “Extremely busy with Miss Ngoza’s situation, we are currently working on a bail application to get Dianne out.”

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