Daily Headline – 28/03/13

UK Home Office fighting to deport rape and torture victim

Odette Sefuko protestAsylum seeker Odette Sefuko has been given an extension on her stay in the UK while DNA tests are undertaken to establish her nationality.

She and the UN claim she is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but the UK’s Home Office claims she is Ugandan.

If she is Ugandan, she will be deported, if she is from the DRC she will be granted asylum.

Odette Sefuko was an anti-rape campaigner in the DRC where her family were murdered and she was raped and tortured and the UK wants to send her back.

Her case drew protests in Sheffield, where she was being held and support from Sheffield’s Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

The UN has labeled the DRC the rape capital of the world.

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