Friends fight bid to deport Sheffield volunteer

Odette Sefuko.
Odette Sefuko.
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A CAMPAIGN to save a woman who sought refuge in Sheffield after suffering at the hands of a bloody regime in her home country from being deported is gathering momentum.

Friends of Odette Sefuko, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo after the rape and murder of family members, have won the support of politicians and MPs to fight UK authorities plans to deport her to Uganda.

The mother-of-five was detained by immigration officials and is being held in Yarl’s Wood, Berkshire.

An ‘emergency protest’ urging the government to give her sanctuary in the UK, rather than sending her to a country she has never visited with no connections or support has been organised by supporters outside Sheffield Town Hall on Wednesday from noon until 2pm.

Pal Liz Griggs, of Gleadless Valley Conversation Club, said: “Odette is a survivor who became a campaigner, promoting women’s rights and supporting the survivors of sexual violence.

“Like many fleeing persecution, she travelled under a false identity, that of a pastor’s wife in Uganda. The UK Border Agency has used this against her.”