Attempted removal of Yarlswood woman; BBC report on destitution

Independent: 9.4.2018 – Opelo Kgari: Government thwarted in second bid to deport woman brought to UK from Botswana

Exclusive: Kgari, who spoke to The Independent about life in Yarl’s Wood and took a leading role in hunger strike by detainees, avoids Home Office efforts to deport her as lawyers condemn ‘positively inhumane removal regime’

A second attempt by the Home Office to deport a woman who came to the UK from Botswana when she was 13 years old has been thwarted.

Opelo Kgari, 27, who spoke out to The Independent about the conditions in Yarl’s Wood and took a leading role in the hunger strike by detainees, was put in a van to Heathrow on Monday afternoon to be placed on a removal flight to Botswana. She was told she couldn’t meet anyone to say goodbye.

Her mother, Florence, was also served with a deportation notice on Monday, but her solicitor got an injunction against her removal on the grounds that she is accepted to be a victim of torture and gender-based violence, meaning her deportation was quickly halted.