Cricketer faces deportation to Afghanistan after fleeing to Scotland as a teen



A cricketer is dealing with deportation to Afghanistan after fleeing the war-torn nation for Scotland when he was simply a teen.


Mirwais Ahmadzai, 28, has spent nearly half of his life in Scotland, arriving alone on the age of 16 having fled warfare and persecution by the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

However he’s now combating to remain within the nation he considers his dwelling after receiving discover from the Residence Workplace that he could be deported on the finish of October.

His distraught teammates at The Vale of Leven cricket membership in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, have launched a determined bid to save lots of Mirwais from being deported.

Mirwais stated he faces an enormous danger going again to Afghanistan the place he could be thought of a ‘goal’ after spending a lot of his life dwelling within the West.

Mirwais stated: “The immigration put me on maintain for 13 years, and after that they attempt to ship me again.

“I defined that I grew up right here, I do know concerning the regulation, the tradition, life in Scotland.

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“I do know nothing about dwelling in Afghanistan. I used to be a toddler after I left, I grew up in a village.

“I do not know anything about the best way to survive there, and I’ve no household left so I do not know the place I may go.

“In the event that they ship me again, my language is now combined up with English, and I have been dwelling within the West for thus lengthy that I shall be focused. It’s a big danger.

“They’ve stated ‘You are an grownup now, return dwelling. It is protected’.

“Afghanistan remains to be at warfare, it is not protected to be there for anybody, by no means thoughts somebody who has lived within the West for nearly half his life.”

Mirwais stated he spent greater than a month dwelling in a jungle after leaving his village within the Logar province of the nation, round 35km from the capital Kabul.

He stated: “I do not like to consider the journey, it was very laborious.

“We went on foot, lived within the jungle for a few month-and-a-half, and ended up at the back of a lorry.

“I used to be so comfortable after I arrived, and I stayed with a Scottish household for a very long time.

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“I performed cricket so I needed to attempt to play right here. I obtained put in contact with the Vale of Leven and have been taking part in with them since I arrived.

“In 2008, I went to the Pink Cross to analysis my household again dwelling however they came upon that they had moved, or been killed, within the village I used to be from.

“Our home was bombed and destroyed. My associates right here, and the household I used to be staying with after I moved, they’re like my household now.

“I had numerous issues with melancholy however I’ve been attempting my greatest to do one thing.

“I went to school, to do ESL (English as a second language) programs.

“I attempted to do a mechanical engineering examine however I wasn’t capable of as I had a paperwork downside. I did not have paperwork so I could not examine at uni.”

Hugh Hutchinson, the cricket membership’s president, has now written to Nicola Sturgeon, and MSPs Jackie Baillie and Martin Doherty-Hughes asking for assist.

He stated: “We referred to as a gathering and determined we needed to do one thing. We have by no means been concerned in something like this, one thing so political, however we could not do nothing.

“Social work contacted me 13 years in the past, saying that they had a few lads looking for asylum in Scotland and requested if we may assist out as they performed cricket.

“We knew he had points attempting to remain within the nation, however we thought he could be advantageous, we by no means thought he was going to have to go away.

“Once we came upon just a few weeks in the past he was leaving on October 20, we could not let it lie.”

Hugh organised an emergency assembly on the membership the place members determined to jot down to politicians about Mirwais’ plight.

He added: “Cricket is a good automobile to deliver individuals collectively.

“Mirwais has been right here for his complete grownup life, he is change into influenced from dwelling within the West. That places him in danger [back in Afghanistan].”

The Residence Workplace has been contacted for remark.