Zimbabwe Vigil Diary – 12th August 2006

LONDON - A large and boisterous Vigil with good news from several quarters. Harris Nyatsanza reported on a meeting to prepare for talks with the Home Office on the asylum situation - a three-person delegation accompanied by a member of the Refugee Council will be meeting the Home Office to put

the case for Zimbabwean asylum seekers.
Sara Harland of the Zimbabwe Association urged failed asylum seekers to make sure that somebody knew where they were (and had their solicitor’s number) when they went to sign on in case they were detained. She stressed that they should live quietly and avoid breaking the law – no speeding and driving without a licence. Vigil Co-ordinator Evelyn Tafirenyika paid tribute to the enormous amount of hard work put in by Sarah.
Someone who has been helped by the Vigil and the ZA, Fadzanayi, came down from Milton Keynes with eight other MDC activists to celebrate getting leave to remain in the UK. They were among supporters who came from far and wide, some of them with children – though we lost a group from Manchester whose car broke down on the motorway. They were not the only people who had trouble getting to the Vigil – the Milton Keynes group traveling in two cars arrived together at nearby Trafalgar Square but managed to get to the Vigil one hour apart!
We were pleased to have founding Vigil member, Chipo, with us again from Leeds. Chipo fled Zimbabwe after being tortured and lost contact with her husband who also fled. He was discovered living in Zambia and has now been enabled to join her in England. – For this week’s Vigil pictures: http://uk.msnusers.com/ZimbabweVigil/shoebox.msnw.
FOR THE RECORD: 85 signed the register.
FOR YOUR DIARY: Monday 21st August, 7.30 pm, Zimbabwe Forum – upstairs at the Theodore Bullfrog pub, 28 John Adam Street, London WC2

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