6 year old Adrian Atkinson and his mother Anna are being faced with deportation back to Congo, after Anna’s divorce and subsequent visa expiration. Anna, who currently lives in Byker with her son, fled the Congo after her sister was killed in the war.
Although Adrian was born in the UK and thus does not legally have to leave, he has said that he will not leave his mother and go wherever she is forced to go.
The situation in Congo remains dangerous, and Anna has said that Adrian will face further difficulties due to him being of mixed race.
Friends from Adrians primary school at Welbeck have started a petition to allow him and his mum to stay, but more pressure is needed to be put on the UK Border Agency, who have stated that if the Atkinsons do not leave before the 25th November then they will be arrested and forcibly deported.
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