Mother told to leave Britain

A FAMILY of five who live in Sheffield say they are being "torn apart" by an immigration decision to send just one of them back to their native Yemen.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 3:21 pm
Updated Friday, 28th September 2007, 12:29 pm

British citizen Mohiudden Munasr Nasser moved to Sheffield in 1990 when he was just 12-years-old and has lived in the city ever since.

Mohiudden, aged 29, and his three daughters all have British passports but his wife, Entekhab Abdullah, does not and she has now been told she must return to Yemen.

Entekhab, 25, has only been in Britain for two years despite marrying Mohiudden in 1999.

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He regularly returns to visit family members in Yemen and the couple married while he was out there.

Their first daughter Safiah, now aged four, was born in Yemen but moved to her dad’s Oakley Close home in Darnall with Entekhab in May 2005.

Entekhab was granted a two year visa for the UK on the grounds that Mohiudden needed help at home as he suffers from epilepsy.

Since Entekhab arrived in the UK, the couple have had two more children - Ifrah, two, and nine-month-old Amall.

Entekhab, who speaks limited English and is illiterate as she left school very young, had hoped to remain in Sheffield long-term and re-applied to immigration when her two year Visa was due to expire.

But she has been told she must return to Yemen - and the family is devastated.

“The decision is effectively splitting up the family,” said family friend Dean Quassim.

“Mohiudden is not well enough to look after the children on his own because of the epilepsy but if they go back to Yemen with their mother they face a lifetime of inadequate healthcare and schooling.

“Here they have the opportunity to achieve something but if they go back to Yemen they will grow up illiterate and end up just being married off as soon as they reach their teens.”

Dean, also a dad of three, describes Yemen as “unfit” for children - his first child, who was born there, died aged just four months and he blames it on a lack of medical care.

“Mohiudden wants what’s best for his family and The Yemen is not best - but taking a mother away from her children is not right either.”

Mohiudden, who says he has struggled to find work because of his medical condition, says he is looking for a job.

“We thought that the family would be able to stay here permanently, or that is what we hoped,” he said.

“We don’t want anything from anyone other than to stay in Sheffield.”

The couple have taken legal advice and intend to appeal against the immigration decision.